Tonight’s the big night. The Academy Awards are mere hours away! But before we walk down our proverbial red carpet, there’s one more set of hardware to hand out. Last night, the indies took center stage, with the 35th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Full results plus a video of Aubrey Plaza’s opening monologue are available here. So let’s see who took home some much-deserved prestige.
Best Feature – The Farewell
Best Director – Benny & Josh Safdie – Uncut Gems
Best Female Lead – Renée Zellweger – Judy
Best Male Lead – Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems
Best Supporting Female – Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell
Best Supporting Male – Willem Dafoe – The Lighthouse
Best Screenplay – Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
Best Editing – Uncut Gems
Best Documentary Feature – American Factory
Best Cinematography – The Lighthouse
Best First Feature – Olivia Wilde – Booksmart
Best First Screenplay – Fredrica Bailey and Stefon Bristol – See You Yesterday
John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature under $500K Budget) – Give Me Liberty
Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble) – Marriage Story
Best International Film – Parasite
Producers Award – Mollye Asher
Someone to Watch Award – Rashaad Ernesto Green – Premature
Truer Than Fiction Award – Nadia Shihab – Jaddoland
Bonnie Award – Kelly Reichardt
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So, is there anything we can glean from this ahead of tonight’s Oscars? Well, possibly two things. One, if you had any doubt that playing Judy Garland would win, it should be fully extinguished by this point. Second, wins for American Factory and The Lighthouse might introduce a little bit of drama into the Documentary Feature and Cinematography fields, but I wouldn’t necessarily hold my breath. Cinematography should be a lock for 1917, and Documentary Feature is always up in the air, though this is American Factory‘s second win of this Awards Season, so that might be a hint as to its chances tonight. We shall see.
Join the conversation in the comments below! Do you agree with the winners? Were you able to see any of the winning films? Are Chris Galust, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Robert Pattinson, and Matthias Schoenaerts currently having existential crises because they lost to Adam Sandler? Let me know!