Indie Spirit Awards shocker: ‘Birdman’ wins 3 including Best Picture, ‘Boyhood’ takes only 2

Saturday’s Indie Spirit Awards may well have offered an unprecedented preview of Sunday’s Oscars.  “Birdman” prevailed in three of its six races: Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton) and Best Cinematography. Keaton’s main rival at the Oscars, Eddie Redmayne, was not in contention here as “The Theory of Everything” is a British production. (See the full list of winners decided by the Film Independent membership here.)

Its main Oscars rival, “Boyhood,” won only Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette).

This 12-year labor of love had been the overwhelming favorite among our Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users (those who did best at predicting last year’s Spirit winners) and All Users to take the top prize. 

As we predicted, Oscar frontrunner J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash“) won Best Supporting Actor. But, in another upset, that film edged out “Boyhood” for Best Editing.

Best Actress went as expected to Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“) who is the overwhelming favorite to win her first Oscar on Sunday after four losses. 

While the academy snubbed “Nightcrawler” save for an Original Screenplay bid, writer/director Dan Gilroy won that award here as well as Best First Film while “Dear White People” won the Best First Screenplay award. 

RELATED: Complete list of Spirit Awards winners

The Spirits pick for Best Documentary — “Citizenfour” — is predicted to prevail again on Sunday. 

Ida” won Best International Film. It is expected to bring Poland its first win for Foreign-Langugage Film at the Oscars. 

Among the studios, Sony Pictures Classics was the big winner, with five awards (“Whiplash” got two while “Land Ho” and “Still Alice” each took one and “Foxcatcher” picked up a special prize). Fox Searchlight has those three trophies for “Birdman” while IFC has two from “Boyhood.” With one apiece are Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate (“Dear White People”), Music Box (“Ida”) and Warner Bros. (“Inherent Vice” received the Robert Altman award). 

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