Last night’s Spirit Awards had Nick Kroll and John Mulaney as hosts, giving on-point and hilarious commentary on the world of independent film — and the political climate, of course. After their very memorable monologue, which included numerous jabs at Trump, the night belonged to Barry Jenkins and Moonlight. The critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama won all the categories it was nominated for including Best Feature and Best Director. This may bode well for the film to pull an upset on its top competitor La La Land at the Oscars. Casey Affleck nabbed the trophy for Best Actor while Isabelle Huppert won for Best Actress. Both wins may foreshadow tonight’s winners.
Other big winners of the evening included Robert Eggers and his period horror The Witch as well as some pleasant surprises including Molly Shannon for Other People and Ben Foster for Hell or Highwater. See the complete list of winners below.
BEST FIRST FEATURE
BEST FEMALE LEAD
BEST MALE LEAD
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
**WINNER: Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, MOONLIGHT**
Kenneth Lonergan, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Mike Mills, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN
Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, LITTLE WOMEN
Taylor Sheridan, HELL OR HIGH WATER
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
22nd TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
23rd ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Given to one film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast
Director: Barry Jenkins
Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez
Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer