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Indie Spirit Awards 2016: Spotlight Wins Big

by | February 27, 2016 | Comments

The Indie Spirit Awards took place this afternoon in Santa Monica, California, celebrating the finest achievements of independent filmmakers in 2015. Spotlight was the big winner of the day taking home five awards, including Best Feature and Best Director. Read on for the full list of winners.


Best Feature


Best First Feature


Best First Screenplay

Joseph Carpignano

Mediterranea
90%

Emma Donoghue

Room
93%

John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph

The Mend
80%

Best Director

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson

Anomalisa
92%

Cary Joji Fukunaga

Beasts of No Nation
92%

Todd Haynes

Carol
94%

David Robert Mitchell

It Follows
96%

Tom McCarthy

Spotlight
97%

Sean Baker

Tangerine
96%

Best Screenplay

Charlie Kaufman

Anomalisa
92%

Donald Margulies

The End Of The Tour
91%

Phyllis Nagy

Carol
94%

Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer

Spotlight
97%

S. Craig Zahler

Bone Tomahawk
91%

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature under $500,000)


Best Male Lead


Abraham Attah

Beasts of No Nation


Ben Mendelsohn

Mississippi Grind


Jason Segel

The End of the Tour


Koudous Seihon

Mediterranea


Best Female Lead


Best Supporting Male


Paul Dano

Love & Mercy


Idris Elba

Beasts of No Nation


Richard Jenkins

Bone Tomahawk


Best Supporting Female


Best Cinematography

Cary Joji Fukunaga

Beasts of No Nation
92%

Ed Lachman

Carol
94%

Michael Gioulakis

It Follows
96%

Reed Morano

Meadowland
96%

Joshua James Richards

Songs My Brothers Taught Me
91%

Best International Film


Best Documentary


Best Editing

Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie

Heaven Knows What
87%

Tom McArdle

Spotlight
97%

Nathan Nugent

Room
93%

Julio C. Perez IV

It Follows
96%

Kristan Sprague

Manos Sucias
91%

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)


Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

  • Chloe Zhoa
  • Felix Thompson
  • Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck
  • ProtoGeek Productions

    Deserved, this list is much better than the Oscar lists, other than male leads.

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