As Gold Derby predicted, “Moonlight” was the big winner at the 2017 Indie Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon. See the full list of Indie Spirit Awards winners. “Moonlight” won all five of its competitive bids: Best Picture, Best Director (Barry Jenkins), Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing. And the cast was feted with the Robert Altman award for Best Ensemble. However, that honor meant that none of them could compete individually. The film is also a major contender at Sunday’s Oscars, but the academy is only expected to award it Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali).
As our odds predicted, “Manchester by the Sea” won Best Actor (Casey Affleck). However, Lucas Hedges lost the Best Supporting Actor race to Ben Foster (“Hell or High Water”), who was snubbed by the Oscars. The film’s writer/director Kenneth Longeran is the frontrunner to win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars while Affleck is locked in a battle with Denzel Washington (“Fences”) for Best Actor.
A day after winning the Cesar Award in her native France, Isabelle Huppert took home the Best Actress prize here for her performance in “Elle,” taking down the frontrunner Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) who skipped these kudos (and the Oscars) due to her pregnancy. The Supporting Actress race was the only one without any Oscar nominees; that award went to Molly Shannon (“Other People”).
The Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” won Best International Feature. “O.J.: Made in America” took the Best Documentary prize, as it’s predicted to do at the Oscars. And “The Witch” was named Best First Feature and First Screenplay for auteur Robert Eggers.
While Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” had reaped a leading six Indie Spirit bids, it was shut out as was five-time contender “Free in Deed.”
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