[UPDATED 2/25/19]

We’ve got spirit, yes we do. Independent Spirit. Like in, the awards. For indie films. You get what we mean. Anyway, the 2019 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS honored the year’s best films, filmmakers, and performers this weekend (see the full list of nominees and winners below). This year’s ceremony – hosted by Aubrey Plaza – aired live on IFC, and we were there for the party (and all that statue-handing-outing). Check out the full winners list and let us know what you were most excited to see take home a prize.


2019 Spirit Awards Nominees & Winners:


Best Feature

Best First Feature

John Cassavetes Award (for best film made for under $500,000)

Best Director

Best Female Lead

Best Male Lead

Best Supporting Female

Best Supporting Male

Best Screenplay

Best First Screenplay

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best International Feature

Best Documentary

Robert Altman Award (for best ensemble casting)

2019 Spirit Awards Grants:


Someone to Watch Award

Producers Award

Truer Than Fiction Award

American Airlines Bonnie Award



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