UPDATED with details: Birdman snagged Best Feature today at the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. The win in the final category gave it three trophies, breaking the four-way tie with Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Whiplash, the only other pics with multiple wins under the tent at Santa Monica beach. Birdman star Michael Keaton won Best Male Lead, and Julianne Moore cemented her Oscar front-runner status with the Best Female Lead win for Still Alice.
Richard Linklater won Best Director for his 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood, setting up an Academy Award showdown with Birdman helmer Alejandro G. Inarritu, who took the DGA Award two weeks ago. Linklater wasn’t at the ceremony, so Ethan Hawke — who has made eight films with the director including Boyhood — accepted for him. Two other Oscar favorites won the supporting acting hardware: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash and Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.
Spirit Awards 2015 Live Blog
Citizenfour, which focuses on NSA leaker Edward Snowden, continued its awards-season march with a win for Best Documentary. Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy turned the personal daily double today, scooping trophies for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay.
Selma, which came in tied for second-most Spirit Award noms with five including Best Feature, was shut out today. Another Best Feature nominee that went home empty-handed was Love Is Strange, which was up for four awards.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole
BEST MALE LEAD
Michael Keaton, Birdman
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Director/Producer: Laura Poitras
Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Ida (Poland), Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Director: Dan Gilroy; Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Justin Simien, Dear White People
Tom Cross, Whiplash
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens; Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy
LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
The Kill Team, Director: Dan Krauss
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
H., Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
Wins by film:
Dear White People: 1
The Kill Team: 1
Land Ho!: 1
Still Alice: 1
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