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Spirit Awards enjoy Moonlight

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight dominated the awards with six wins, including Best Film and Director, as well as the Robert Altman award which was announced prior to Sunday’s ceremony.

Jake Mahaffy’s Free In Deed had four nominations, for the John Cassavetes award, Best Lead Male, Best Supporting Female, and Best Cinematography.

The winners were (marked ***):

Best Feature
American Honey
Manchester By The Sea
*** Moonlight

Best First Feature
The Childhood Of A Leader
The Fits
Other People
Swiss Army Man
*** The Witch

Best Director
Andrea Arnold, American Honey
*** Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Pablo Larraín, Jackie
Jeff Nichols, Loving
Kelly Reichardt, Certain Women

Best Screenplay
*** Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
Mike Mills, 20th Century Women
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Little Men
Taylor Sheridan, Hell Or High Water

Best First Screenplay
*** Robert Eggers, The Witch
Chris Kelly, Other People
Adam Mansbach, Barry
Stella Meghie, Jean Of The Joneses
Craig Shilowich, Christine

John Cassavetes Award
(Best Feature Made For < $500,000) Free In Deed
Hunter Gatherer
*** Spa Night

Best Male Lead
*** Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
David Harewood, Free In Deed
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Jesse Plemons, Other People
Tim Roth, Chronic

Best Female Lead
Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
*** Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Sasha Lane, American Honey
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Supporting Male
Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash
*** Ben Foster, Hell Or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea
Shia La Beouf, American Honey
Craig Robinson, Morris From America

Best Supporting Female
Edwina Findley, Free In Deed
Paulina Garcia, Little Men
Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
Riley Keough, American Honey
*** Molly Shannon, Other People

Best Cinematography
Ava Berkofsky, Free In Deed
Lol Crawley, The Childhood Of A Leader
Zach Kuperstein, The Eyes Of My Mother
*** James Laxton, Moonlight
Robbie Ryan, American Honey

Best Editing
Matthew Hannam, Swiss Army Man
Jennifer Lame, Manchester By The Sea
*** Joi McMillon & Nat Sanders, Moonlight
Jake Roberts, Hell Or High Water
Sebastián Sepúlveda, Jackie

Best International Film
Aquarius (Brazil)
Chevalier (Greece)
My Golden Days (France)
*** Toni Erdmann (Germany/Romania)
Under The Shadow (UK/Qatar/Jordan)

Best Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro
*** O.J.: Made In America
Under The Sun

Robert Altman Award
(Ensemble Cast)

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