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2020/21 Film Independent Spirit Award winners announced

Riz Ahmed Sound of Metal Spirit Awards Film Independent Darius Marder
Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Normally held on Oscar eve, the 2020/21 Spirit Awards took place this year a couple days early, though still much later than usual. Nomadland was, as predicted, the top award winner with four prizes including Best Picture and Director. Lead Frances McDormand lost her nomination to Promising Young Woman's Carey Mulligan however, with Emerald Fennell's debut feature also winning Best Screenplay. All four acting award winners are up for this weekend's Oscar, including surprise winner Riz Ahmed for Leading Actor in Sound of Metal, beating Chadwick Boseman for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom; many pundits are predicting neither to win on Sunday, as The Father's Anthony Hopkins gains momentum. And rotten luck for Never Rarely Sometimes Always as voters took their usual route of snubbing movies also snubbed by the Academy - its 7/7 losses is a record for these awards. Check out Film Independent's Spirit Award nominees at this link, and all the winners below.

Best Feature


Best Director

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

Best Female Lead

Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Best Male Lead

Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)

Best Supporting Female

Youn Yuh Jung (Minari)

Best Supporting Male

Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

Best Screenplay

Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

Best Cinematography

Joshua James Richards (Nomadland)

Best Editing

Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)

Robert Altman Award

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Kimberly Hardin, Aldis Hodge, Regina King and Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami)

Best Documentary

Crip Camp

Best International Film

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Best First Feature

Sound of Metal

Best First Screenplay

Andy Siara (Palm Springs)

John Cassavetes Award


Producers Award

Gerry Kim

Someone to Watch Award

Ekwa Msangi (Farewell Amor)

Truer Than Fiction Award

Elegance Bratton (Pier Kids)


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