“Spotlight” Cleans Up At The Indie Spirits

Though it’ll face more competition tomorrow night at the Oscars, Spotlight won big at tonight’s Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The film beat out nomination count leaders Carol and Beasts of No Nation for Best Film, Screenplay and Director.

Carol, however, did pick up a Best Cinematography trophy, while newcomer Abraham Attah and Idris Elba won in their respective categories.

Tangerine actress Mya Taylor made history by being the first trans actress to win an award. After being ignored all season, it was great to see her get up on stage and accept her win. Someone cast this woman in more movies please! She has screen presence for days.

Room actress Brie Larson completed her major awards collection by winning Best Female Lead. An Oscar tomorrow night will complete her SAG-BAFTA-Globe-Indie Spirit combination.

See the full list of winners below.

Best First Screenplay: Emma Donoghue, Room 

Best Documentary: The Look of Silence 

Best First Feature: The Diary of A Teenage Girl

Robert Altman Award: Spotlight 

Best Cinematography: Ed Lachman, Carol 

Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight 

Best International Film: Son of Saul

Best Supporting Male: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation 

Best Supporting Female: Mya Taylor, Tangerine 

Best Director: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight 

Best Male Lead: Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Best Female Lead: Brie Larson, Room

Best Feature Film: Spotlight