News

Adam Sandler Wins Best Actor at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Uncut Gems and The Farewell dominate a ceremony that corrected the Oscars' biggest snubs. See the full list of Indie Spirit Awards winners for 2020.

by | February 8, 2020 | Comments

A24

(Photo by © A24)

Just one day before the Academy Awards, Hollywood’s brightest stars toasted the best in indie at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards – and it was two films completely snubbed by the Oscars that dominated.

The awards, given out at a beachside ceremony in Santa Monica, California, and broadcast live on IFC, usually have little overlap with the Oscars and this year was no exception. Renee Zellweger was the lone acting nominee at the Spirits also up for a statuette at tomorrow night’s Oscars – and she won – and Robert Altman honoree Marriage Story was the sole film competing for Best Feature here and Best Picture tomorrow.

Uncut Gems, which was left out of the Oscars altogether, earned three awards, including Best Director for Benny and Josh Safdie, Best Editing, and – finally, justice for Sandman! – Best Male Lead for Adam Sandler. But it was The Farewell, also ignored by the Academy, which won Best Feature, and Best Supporting Female for Shuzhen Zhao, who plays Nai Nai in the film.

The Lighthouse co-star Willem Dafoe, whose grizzled wickie was one of RT fans’ favorite performances of the year, won for Best Supporting Male.

Did they get it right? See the full list of winners and nominees below and let us know what you think of the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Award results in the comments. 


Best Feature


Best Director

Robert Eggers

The Lighthouse
90%

Alma Har’el

Honey Boy
94%

Julius Onah

Luce
90%

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Uncut Gems
92%

Lorene Scafaria

Hustlers
87%

Best Screenplay

Noah Baumbach

Marriage Story
94%

Jason Begue, Shawn Snyder

To Dust
89%

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Uncut Gems
92%

Chinonye Chukwu

Clemency
92%

Tarell Alvin McCraney

High Flying Bird
92%

Best First Feature


Best First Screenplay

Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol

See You Yesterday
95%

Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen

Driveways
100%

Bridget Savage Cole, Danielle Krudy

Blow the Man Down
98%

Jocelyn Deboer, Dawn Luebbe

Greener Grass
81%

James Montague, Craig W. Sanger

The Vast of Night
92%

Best Male Lead


Best Female Lead


Best Supporting Male


Willem Dafoe

The Lighthouse


Noah Jupe

Honey Boy


Shia LaBeouf

Honey Boy


Jonathan Majors

The Last Black Man in San Francisco


Wendell Pierce

Burning Cane


Best Supporting Female


Best Cinematography

Todd Banhazl

Hustlers
87%

Jarin Blaschke

The Lighthouse
90%

Natasha Braier

Honey Boy
94%

Chananun Chotrungroj

The Third Wife
87%

Pawel Pogorzelski

Midsommar
83%

Best International Film


Best Documentary


Best Editing

Julie Béziau

The Third Wife
87%

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie

Uncut Gems
92%

Tyler L. Cook

Sword of Trust
93%

Louise Ford

The Lighthouse
90%

Kirill Mikhanovsky

Give Me Liberty
89%

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


Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)


Truer Than Fiction Award

Davy Rothbart

17 Blocks
100%

Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside

América
100%

Khalik Allah

Black Mother
100%

Nadia Shihab

Jaddoland

Someone to Watch Award


Joe Talbot

The Last Black Man in San Francisco


Ash Mayfair

The Third Wife


Bonnie Award

  • Kelly Reichardt

Producers Award

  • Mollye Asher

Are you as obsessed with awards as we are? Check out our Awards Leaderboard for 2019/2020.


Tag Cloud

hollywood FX Holidays comics emmy awards Netflix Teen ITV 71st Emmy Awards classics DirecTV Star Wars fast and furious Freeform sequel Discovery Channel series TCA Winter 2020 twilight superhero Sneak Peek Disney streaming service spy thriller cults hist VH1 BET MCU The Arrangement toronto BBC One Horror Kids & Family Country Writers Guild of America VICE Epix Nominations Musical rotten Film adventure Shudder facebook zero dark thirty parents strong female leads Fantasy Starz Sundance Now Adult Swim 45 aliens YouTube Red 2018 Pet Sematary Election historical drama BBC America Extras Warner Bros. 2019 free movies TCA 2017 book Sony Pictures Winners news Action History Dark Horse Comics Rock nfl TCM cinemax BET Awards dceu theme song Pop TV Box Office Chernobyl festivals OWN Sci-Fi Spike spinoff Marathons criterion science fiction finale Tumblr Elton John crossover Rocketman breaking bad movies unscripted FXX Schedule Britbox crime thriller Podcast SDCC CBS All Access game of thrones Chilling Adventures of Sabrina transformers werewolf blockbuster Fall TV true crime based on movie stoner diversity political drama Syfy Arrowverse natural history Binge Guide 2020 Television Academy Comedy San Diego Comic-Con green book HBO Max Amazon Prime FOX Fox Searchlight supernatural television sequels cancelled television Fox News Emmy Nominations sag awards 2015 cats Brie Larson CW Seed critics universal monsters hispanic Mary poppins Interview Thanksgiving technology documentary The Academy versus A&E LGBT romance best Superheroe screenings E3 First Reviews Black Mirror mission: impossible RT21 See It Skip It vampires french Tarantino Mary Tyler Moore doctor who war Lionsgate Cosplay joker Crackle Character Guide cooking robots serial killer Sundance TV 20th Century Fox GIFs video jamie lee curtis venice Paramount ratings Netflix Christmas movies Lucasfilm cars Cartoon Network witnail spain Amazon Prime Video politics composers docudrama Certified Fresh south america Super Bowl The CW Trophy Talk Marvel child's play Disney Channel LGBTQ halloween tv dc SundanceTV APB Amazon Studios biography anime batman Shondaland cartoon Family YouTube GLAAD Crunchyroll zombie Avengers franchise Comic Book die hard harry potter Disney+ Disney Plus Opinion Marvel Television nbcuniversal Turner Classic Movies Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Awards Tour Tubi medical drama Pop streaming canceled TV shows DC Universe films concert DGA Spectrum Originals TCA Awards spanish language Pixar YouTube Premium Song of Ice and Fire renewed TV shows japanese Travel Channel Columbia Pictures NYCC WarnerMedia asian-american A24 New York Comic Con 007 casting sitcom crime drama Disney stop motion FX on Hulu disaster 21st Century Fox Watching Series adaptation Year in Review Ellie Kemper football psycho GoT Vudu The Witch archives comiccon comedies Reality Competition richard e. Grant discovery Endgame talk show OneApp Masterpiece DC Comics Pride Month Anna Paquin rotten movies we love video on demand dramedy Television Critics Association 72 Emmy Awards 24 frames sports worst movies ESPN mockumentary American Society of Cinematographers nature Disney Plus Countdown Cannes Ghostbusters independent cancelled TV series Hallmark Christmas movies kids El Rey reboot cancelled spanish Nickelodeon Ovation CNN all-time Hulu comic PaleyFest what to watch First Look indiana jones ABC mutant RT History Infographic 2016 BBC Creative Arts Emmys Quiz Esquire Summer Bravo Funimation National Geographic Emmys Toys 4/20 Mudbound The Purge Nat Geo TV period drama golden globes Acorn TV Grammys Rom-Com HBO Go Mystery President Classic Film TIFF Christmas TCA AMC USA Network romantic comedy Captain marvel Valentine's Day VOD zombies WGN police drama quibi TLC Paramount Network Film Festival IFC Stephen King Women's History Month Superheroes X-Men Lifetime Baby Yoda scorecard PlayStation animated TV renewals chucky Best and Worst christmas movies Video Games Peacock MTV directors Western dragons Reality justice league USA Marvel Studios Rocky Logo Comedy Central Amazon TNT Hear Us Out anthology dogs Lifetime Christmas movies foreign Calendar halloween dark Academy Awards Oscars YA latino Photos satire Trivia canceled award winner TV Land Spring TV revenge IFC Films Food Network Mindy Kaling TBS laika Polls and Games reviews psychological thriller Red Carpet Premiere Dates game show remakes Music stand-up comedy Black History Month miniseries Walt Disney Pictures movie toy story Comics on TV Sundance Hallmark spider-man Trailer indie Apple TV+ Pirates HBO Tomatazos italian CMT travel boxoffice space Biopics TruTV Animation crime Mary Poppins Returns Set visit Showtime thriller 2017 SXSW The Walking Dead scary movies ABC Family Awards NBC children's TV documentaries Winter TV screen actors guild Apple TV Plus cops Heroines DC streaming service BAFTA singing competition binge social media teaser PBS Drama MSNBC tv talk blaxploitation Holiday Martial Arts obituary CBS Universal festival name the review E! ghosts Apple cancelled TV shows elevated horror a nightmare on elm street Star Trek slashers worst Musicals Turner