Independent Spirit Awards 2016: List of winners


Best Feature
Award given to the Producer; Executive Producers are not awarded.
“Anomalisa”
“Beasts of No Nation”
“Carol”
spotlight-spirit-awards“Spotlight” (WINNER)
“Tangerine”

Best Director
Cary Joji Fukunaga, “Beasts of No Nation”
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, “Anomalisa”
David Robert Mitchell, “It Follows”
Sean Baker, “Tangerine”
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight” (WINNER)

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, “Anomalisa”
Donald Margulies, “The End of the Tour”
Phyllis Nagy, “Carol”
S. Craig Zahler, “Bone Tomahawk”
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, “Spotlight” (WINNER)

Best First Feature
Award given to the director and producer.
“James White”
“Manos Sucias”
“Mediterranea”
“Songs My Brothers Taught Me”
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl” (WINNER)

Best Female Lead
Bel Powley, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Brie Larson, “Room” (WINNER)
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, “Tangerine”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Best Male Lead
Abraham Attah, “Beasts of No Nation” (WINNER)
Ben Mendelsohn, “Mississippi Grind”
Christopher Abbott, “James White”
Jason Segel, “The End of the Tour”
Koudous Seihon, “Mediterranea”

Best Supporting Female
Cynthia Nixon, “James White”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Anomalisa”
Marin Ireland, “Glass Chin”
Mya Taylor, “Tangerine” (WINNER)
Robin Bartlett, “H.”

Best Supporting Male
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation” (WINNER)

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Kevin Corrigan, “Results”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Paul Dano, “Love & Mercy”
Richard Jenkins, “Bone Tomahawk”

Best Documentary
“(T)error”
“Best of Enemies”
“Heart of a Dog”
“Meru”
“The Look of Silence” (WINNER)
“The Russian Woodpecker”

Best Cinematography

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Cary Joji Fukunaga, “Beasts of No Nation”
Ed Lachman, “Carol” (WINNER)
Joshua James Richards, “Songs My Brothers Taught Me”
Michael Gioulakis, “It Follows”
Reed Morano, “Meadowland”

Best Editing
Julo C. Perez IV, “It Follows”
Kristan Sprague, “Manos Sucias”
Nathan Nugent, “Room”
Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie, “Heaven Knows What”
Tom McArdle, “Spotlight” (WINNER)

Best International Film
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence”
“Embrace of the Serpent”
“Gilrhood”
“Mustang”
“Son of Saul” (WINNER)

John Cassavetes Award
Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer; Executive Producers are not awarded.
“Advantageous”
“Christmas, Again”
“Heaven Knows What”
“Krisha” (WINNER)
“Out of My Hand”

Robert Altman Award
“Spotlight”

Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award
Felix Thompson, “King Jack” (WINNER)

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