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Oscars 2016: Independent Spirit Awards

This was the first show to announce nominations and the last to announce its winners.

It’s always a nice show, because its heart is in the right place and it celebrates all the right things. But since it doesn’t remotely help at the Oscars, it’s not really something I put much effort into looking at. Which is a shame.

But anyway, here are your Spirit Award winners:

BEST FEATURE

American Honey

Chronic

Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Winner: Moonlight

Not even remotely surprised. What else could it have been?

BEST DIRECTOR

Andrea Arnold, American Honey

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Pablo Larrain, Jackie

Jeff Nichols, Loving

Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women

Winner: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Of course. Deserving, but of course.

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Sasha Lane, American Honey

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Winner: Isabelle Huppert, Elle

They always vote the likely Oscar contenders. Always.

BEST MALE LEAD

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

David Harewood, Free In Deed

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Jesse Plemons, Other People

Tim Roth, Chronic

Winner: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

I mean, yeah.

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Edwina Findley, Free In Deed

Paulina Garcia, Little Men

Lily Gladstone, Certain Women

Riley Keough, American Honey

Molly Shannon, Other People

Winner: Molly Shannon, Other People

This made the most sense. Good for her.

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash

Ben Foster, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Shia LaBeouf, American Honey

Craig Robinson, Morris from America

Winner: Ben Foster, Hell or High Water

You know, I’m perfectly happy with this. It’s a hell of a category. This legitimately could have been the category I voted for if I nominated for the Oscars. Maybe not LaBeouf, but I’m fine with him being here. I really like this category a lot. Fine with whatever they chose.

BEST SCREENPLAY

Moonlight

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Little Men

Hell or High Water

Winner: Moonlight

Absolutely.

BEST EDITING

Swiss Army Man

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Hell or High Water

Jackie

Winner: Moonlight

Okay. It seems worthy.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Free In Deed

The Childhood of a Leader

The Eyes of My Mother

Moonlight

American Honey

Winner: Moonlight

Oh, so they’re just giving it every award. I’m not opposed to that, but they are.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

13th

Cameraperson

I Am Not Your Negro

O.J.: Made in America

Sonita

Under the Sun

Winner: O.J.: Made in America

I mean, yeah.

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Aquarius

Chevalier

My Golden Days

Toni Erdmann

Under the Shadow

Winner: Toni Erdmann

BEST FIRST FEATURE

The Childhood of a Leader

The Fits

Other People

Swiss Army Man

The Witch

Winner: The Witch

This was the choice. He did such a great job with this. It’s still weird to me since I saw this movie two years and it came out a year ago. It feels like forever. But it’s deserving no matter when it counts for.

All hail Black Phillip.

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

The Witch

Other People

Barry

Jean of the Joneses

Christine

Winner: The Witch

Was hoping for Christine, but I’m fine with this. Other People also was really well done.

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

Free In Deed

Hunter Gatherer

Lovesong

Nakom

Spa Night

Winner: Spa Night

No idea. Good for them.

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