Winners From The 32nd Independent Spirit Awards

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There were plenty of big stars on the blue carpet (to distinguish it from the Oscar’s red carpet) and everyone appeared to be in high spirits. It was a little chilly in Santa Monica, California, for the awards honoring the best independent films of 2016.

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Comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll had the job of hosting the event this year and folks were wondering what the pair would come up with. It appears that their opening monologue was successful. They picked on Warren Beatty (husband to nominee Annette Bening) and warned winners that although they were free to make political statements, they should remember that the awards were being broadcast on IFC (Independent Film Channel) and there probably weren’t many people watching.

Going into the awards season, La La Land and Moonlight have gotten a lot of buzz. La La Land has caught the eye of many because it’s pretty much the first big musical to come along in a very long time. However, La La Land didn’t qualify for these awards because the budget was over $20 million.

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Moonlight and American Honey both had received six nominations, along with another six for films from A24, putting them in a rare category of their own. The other six were spread between their other films, The Witch, 20th Century Women, and Swiss Army Man.

And winners are:

Best Feature: Moonlight

Best Director: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

Best Male Lead: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea

Best Female Lead: Isabelle Huppert for Elle

Best Supporting Male: Ben Foster for Hell or High Water

Best Supporting Female: Molly Shannon for Other People

Best Screenplay: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney for Moonlight

Best First Screenplay: Robert Eggers for The Witch

Best First Feature: The Witch

Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made in America

Best Cinematography: James Laxton for Moonlight

Best Editing: Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders for Moonlight

Best International Film: Toni Erdman from Germany/Romania

Robert Altman Award: Moonlight

With the Spirit awards often forecasting winners at the Oscars, we will find out on Sunday how closely they came this year.

Featured image via IFC.