2017 Independent Spirit Award Winners


The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards were handed out in Santa Monica tonight, perhaps giving us a sneak peek at what will go down at the Oscars tomorrow. Over the past five years, four of the Best Film winners at the Spirit Awards went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and if that trend continues, Moonlight could very well upset La La Land (which wasn’t eligible for the Spirit Awards). Barry Jenkins’ film took home all five of the major Spirit Awards it had been nominated for plus the Robert Altman Award as well. Meanwhile in the acting categories, Casey Affleck and Isabelle Huppert may have slightly increased their own odds of winning Oscars. Check out the full list of Independent Spirit Award nominees and winners after the jump.

Best Feature
American Honey
Manchester by the Sea
* Moonlight

Best Director
Andrea Arnold (American Honey)
* Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)
Pablo Larrain (Jackie)
Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women)
Jeff Nichols (Loving)

Best Screenplay
* Moonlight
Manchester by the Sea
20th Century Women
Little Men
Hell or High Water

Best First Feature
The Childhood of a Leader
The Fits
Other People
Swiss Army Man
* The Witch

Best First Screenplay
* The Witch
Other People
Jean of the Joneses

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)

Best Female Lead
Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
* Isabelle Huppert (Elle)
Sasha Lane (American Honey)
Ruth Negga (Loving)
Natalie Portman (Jackie)

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)

Best Supporting Female
Edwina Findley (Free in Deed)
Paulina Garcia (Little Men)
Lily Gladstone (Certain Women)
Riley Keough (American Honey)
* Molly Shannon (Other People)

Best Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro
* O.J.: Made in America
Under the Sun

Best International Film
My Golden Days
* Toni Erdmann
Under the Shadow

Best Cinematography
Free in Deed
Eyes of My Mother
* Moonlight
American Honey

Best Editing
Swiss Army Man
Manchester by the Sea
* Moonlight
Hell or High Water

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)
Free in Deed
Hunter Gatherer
* Spa Night

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)

Piaget Producers Award
Lisa Kjerulff
* Jordana Mollick
Melody C. Roscher
Craig Shilowich

Someone to Watch Award
Andrew Ahn (Spa Night)
Claire Carre (Embers)
* Anna Rose Holmer (The Fits)
Ingrid Jungermann (Women Who Kill)

Truer Than Fiction Award
Kristi Jacobson (Solitary)
Sara Jordenö (Kiki)
* Nanfu Wang (Hooligan Sparrow)