‘Moonlight’ Sweeps the Independent Spirit Awards with 6 Wins

The Independent Spirit Awards handed out their prizes last night where “Moonlight” walked away with 6 prizes.  It would have been interesting if some of the cast members had been eligible for the acting categories, it may have ticked up towards 8 or 9 awards.

Check out the full list of winners below:

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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  • Khazija

    This was a wonderful sweep and the awards show was excellent. There was plenty of profound speeches about the issues our nation is struggling with. Moonlight is a beacon of empowerment and hope to the underprivileged and persecuted.