Spirit Awards: The Lost Daughter is Film Independents Best Feature of 2021


Olivia Colman, Ed Harris, The Lost Daughter, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Spirit Awards, Film Independent
Olivia Colman and Ed Harris in The Lost Daughter

Ah, joyous confirmation that the Oscars are by no means the be all and end all of awards season. Film Independent held its annual Spirit Awards ceremony last night, and succeeded in picking non-Oscar nominees across almost all of its categories. Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay all went to The Lost Daughter and, specifically, Maggie Gyllenhaal, while Passing and Zola also picked up multiple prizes, including acting gongs for Ruth Negga in Supporting Actress for the former and Taylour Paige in Leading Actress for the latter. They did honour one big Oscar favourite in the top categories, though: CODA's Troy Kotsur in Supporting Actor. Check out the 2021 Spirit Award nominees here, and the winners below.


Best Feature

THE LOST DAUGHTER (Charles Dorfman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Osnat Hendelsman Keren and Talia Kleinhendler)


Best Director

Maggie Gyllenhaal (THE LOST DAUGHTER)


Best Female Lead

Taylour Paige (ZOLA)


Best Male Lead

Simon Rex (RED ROCKET)


Best Supporting Female

Ruth Negga (PASSING)


Best Supporting Male

Troy Kotsur (CODA)


Best Screenplay

Maggie Gyllenhaal (THE LOST DAUGHTER)


Best Cinematography

Eduard Grau (PASSING)


Best Editing

Joi McMillon (ZOLA)


Best Documentary

SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) (David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel and Questlove)


Best International Film

DRIVE MY CAR - Japan (Hamaguchi Ryusuke)


Best First Feature

7 DAYS (Liz Cardenas, Mel Eslyn and Roshan Sethi)


Best First Screenplay

Michael Sarnoski and Vanessa Block (PIG)


John Cassavetes Award

SHIVA BABY (Kieran Altmann, Katie Schiller, Emma Seligman and Lizzie Shapiro)


Producers Award

Lizzie Shapiro


Robert Altman Award

MASS (Fran Kranz, Henry Russell Bergstein, Allison Estrin, Kagen Albright, Reed Birney, Michelle N. Carter, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton and Breeda Wool)


Someone to Watch Award

Alex Camilleri (LUZZU)


Truer Than Fiction Award

Jessica Beshir (FAYA DAYI)

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