Winners: 2016 Independent Spirit Awards

This year’s major category winners were Spotlight, which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing; Beasts of No Nation, which won Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Male; Room, which won Best Female Lead and Best First Screenplay; Carol, which won Best Cinematography; The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which won Best First Feature; Krisha, which won the John Cassavetes Award; The Look of Silence, which won Best Documentary; Son of Saul, which won Best International Film and Tangerine, which won Best Supporting Female.

The 9th annual Robert Altman Award was given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight received this award, along with casting directors Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee and ensemble cast members Michael Cyril Creighton, Billy Crudup, Paul Giulfoyle, Neal Huff, Brian D’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci.

The 2016 Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation Fellowship, which includes a cash grant of $10,000, was awarded to Zimbabwean filmmaker Sue-Ellen Chitunya. This annual award is given to a filmmaker currently participating in a Film Independent Artist Development program with the mission of diversity in mind. Chitunya, a participant in Project Involve, is currently in active development as a producer on her first narrative feature film, A Hard Place

See below for the winners, and click here for our awards season calendar


Independent Spirit Awards 2016: The Winners

Best Cinematography
Carol

Best Director
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Documentary
The Look of Silence

Best Editing
Spotlight

Best Feature
Spotlight

Best Female Lead
Brie Larson, Room

Best First Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best First Screenplay
Room

Best International Film
Son of Saul

Best Male Lead
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Best Screenplay
Spotlight

Best Supporting Female
Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Best Supporting Male
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

John Cassavetes Award
Krisha

Robert Altman Award
Spotlight

Someone to Watch Award
Felix Thompson, director, King Jack

Producers Award
Mel Eslyn

Truer Than Fiction Award
Incorruptible

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