If there's one thing this year's Spirit Awards nominees can teach us it's that it was yet another exciting year in independent film.
We've got an animated film nominated for Best Feature (Anomalisa), one shot entirely on an iPhone (Tangerine), and a horror flick up for Best Cinematography (It Follows). Things are about to get interesting!
Anyway, without any further ado, here are the winners of the 2016 Spirit Awards.
- Best Feature: Spotlight (Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar)
- Best Director: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
- Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight
- Best First Feature: The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Director: Marielle Heller, Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit)
- Best First Screenplay: Emma Donaghue, Room
- Best Cinematography: Ed Lachman, Carol
- Best Editing: Tom McArdle, Spotlight
- John Cassavetes Award: Krisha (Writer/Director/Producer: Trey Edward Shults, Producers: Justin R. Chan, Chase Joliet, Wilson Smith)
- 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 Documentary: The Look of Silence (Director: Joshua Oppenheimer, Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen)
- Best International Film: Son of Saul — Hungary (Director: László Nemes)
- Robert Altman Award: Spotlight (Director: Tom McCarthy, Casting Directors: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee, Ensemble Cast: Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Neal Huff, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci)
For more of our coverage of the nominees, check out our guide to this year's Spirit Awards.