One More to Go – Independent Spirit Awards Results!

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!

 

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