Sunday, 28 February 2016


Big news for Spotlight, as Tom McCarthy's film wins every Spirit Award it was nominated for. It achieves an easy victory over Carol, which had the most nominations, though tonight's results were far from disappointing on the diversity front: three people of colour and one trans person won acting awards, including two prizes for Beasts of No Nation. It's an encouraging step from Film Independent, although somewhat dismaying if one looks closer - these were the only main categories where Oscar contenders were not represented, and given their recent trend of consistently awarding Oscar nominees where nominated, I wonder if we'd have seen the same slate of winners had these fields not been empty of Oscar-nominated talent. Let's not dwell on negative suspicion, and let's celebrate positive facts: slight Carol shut-out aside, the Spirit Awards 2015 were almost certainly far superior to what tomorrow night's Oscars look destined to be.

Best Feature

Best Director
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight)

Best Female Lead
Brie Larson (Room)

Best Male Lead
Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)

Best Supporting Female
Mya Taylor (Tangerine)

Best Supporting Male
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)

Best Screenplay
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (Spotlight)

Best Cinematography
Edward Lachman (Carol)

Best Film Editing
Tom McArdle (Spotlight)

Best Documentary
The Look of Silence

Best International Film
Son of Saul

Best First Feature
The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best First Screenplay
Emma Donoghue (Room)

John Cassavetes Award

Robert Altman Award