‘Moonlight’ Wins Big at Independent Spirit Awards, Taking ‘Best Feature’ and 5 Other Trophies

Moonlight

The Barry Jenkins drama Moonlight, up for Best Picture and a number of other categories at tonight’s Oscars, took home six Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday including Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematograpy, Editing and the Robert Altman award (for best cast/casting).

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Highlights from the awards:

Here’s a winner’s list:

BEST FEATURE
Moonlight
Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski

BEST MALE LEAD
Casey Affleck
Manchester by the Sea

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Isabelle Huppert
Elle

BEST DIRECTOR
Barry Jenkins
Moonlight

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Molly Shannon
Other People

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Moonlight
Director: Barry Jenkins
Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez
Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Toni Erdmann (Germany and Romania)
Director: Maren Ade

BEST SCREENPLAY
Moonlight
Barry Jenkins
Story By Tarell Alvin McCraney

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
Spa Night
Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn
Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas

BEST DOCUMENTARY
O.J.: Made In America
Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman
Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow

BEST FIRST FEATURE
The Witch
Director: Robert Eggers
Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Moonlight
James Laxton

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
The Witch
Robert Eggers

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Ben Foster
Hell or High Water

BEST EDITING
Moonlight
Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
(Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.)
Jordana Mollick

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
(Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.)
Nanfu Wang
Director of Hooligan Sparrow

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
(Recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.)
Anna Rose Holmer
Director of The Fits

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