That’s it! Awards season is over. And with not a single additional high profile awards body still remaining to yet dole out its hardware, the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards have once again delivered a bevy of irreverent, incredible and inspiring moments to remember. Even as we speak, the langoliers have begin to chomp up our big white Spirit Awards beach tent, blinking this year’s ceremony out of existence and into the cornfields of indie film history.
Whether longtime movie vets or fresh-faced newcomers, we hope you’ll join us in continuing to support these fantastic artists’ work for years—and decades—to come. After all, these people are doing all of this for you: the audience member.
But enough of this folderol! You came here to see who won. Here now is a complete list of 2019 Film Independent Spirit Award winners…
BEST FEATURE – If Beale Street Could Talk (Producers: Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski)
BEST DIRECTOR – Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
BEST FEMALE LEAD – Glenn Close, The Wife
BEST MALE LEAD – Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE – Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
BEST SUPPORTING MALE – Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
BEST SCREENPLAY – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
BEST EDITING – Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Directors: Morgan Neville; Producer: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY –Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria
BEST FIRST FEATURE – Sorry to Bother You (Director: Boots Riley; Producers:Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams)
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY – Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – En el Séptimo Día (Director: Jim McKay; Producers:Alex Bach, Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan, Michael Stipe)
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – Suspiria (Director: Luca Guadagnino; Casting Directors: Avy Kaufman, Stella Savino; Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fokina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Fabrizia Sacchi, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler)
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM – Roma, Mexico (Director: Alfonso Cuarón)
PRODUCERS AWARD – Shrihari Sathe
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – Alex Moratto, Sócrates
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – Bing Liu, Minding the Gap
BONNIE AWARD – Debra Granik
Opening the show with a star-studded short wherein a very witchy Ms. Plaza human-sacrificed Stranger Things “four-quadrant cutie” Finn Wolfhard, the show was full of surprises, with special appearances by Spirit Awards legend John Waters and drag favorite Shangela singing a medley about the Best Feature nominees. What a time to be alive!
Missed the show on TV? Relive some of the best highlights below or on Film Independent’s YouTube channel and catch up with the entire broadcast in its entirety via the Film Independent Spirit Awards page on Facebook Watch.
Thanks for hanging out with us at the beach! Stay tuned to this blog for additional Spirit Awards recaps and exclusive content throughout the week.
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