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The 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Winners – Updated Live!

The film world’s busiest awards weekend is upon us. Before the Oscars takeover tomorrow night, (which we’ll be live-blogging and GIFing over on Twitter) the world of independent film takes the spotlight for some much deserved praise. This year’s films dealt with a wide range of subject matter: hard-hitting journalism, relationships, family, social class, struggle, and more. Often, these movies are made on a small budget by a cast and crew who are devoted to a love of film and remarkable storytelling.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards honor these smaller-scale films that are worthy of recognition, attention, and your time. This year’s nominees from Anomalisa to Tangerine are all incredible movies highlighting the diverse world of independent film. Will critic favorite Carol swoop in and snag Best Feature or will the talented ensemble in Spotlight steal the prize? Tune in to IFC starting at 2pm PST/5pm EST to find out! Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon and Silicon Valley (and The Indoor Kids‘ podcast’s own) star Kumail Nanjiani will be sharing hosting duties for the evening.

We’ll be watching and updating live as the winners are announced, so make sure you tweet along with us on Twitter @Nerdist using #SpiritAwards and follow us on Instagram and Snapchat as we share photos throughout the show. Be sure to join us tomorrow night for the Academy Awards!

Winners will be marked in bold:

Best Feature
Beasts of No Nation

Best Director
Sean Baker, Tangerine
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Todd Haynes, Carol
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Best Screenplay
Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Donald Margulies, The End of the Tour
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight
S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk

Best First Feature
Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Josh Mond, James White
Josef Kubota Wladyka, Manos Sucias
Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea
Chloé Zhao, Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Best First Screenplay
Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Joseph Carpignano, Mediterranea
Emma Donoghue, Room
Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph, The Mend

Best Male Lead
Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriquez, Tangerine

Best Supporting Male
Kevin Corrigan, Results
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Best Supporting Female
Robin Bartlett, H.
Marin Ireland, Glass Chin
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa
Cynthia Nixon, James White
Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Best Documentary
Best of Enemies
Heart of Dog
The Look of Silence
The Russian Woodpecker

Best International Film
Embrace of the Serpent
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Son of Saul

Best Cinematography
Beasts of No Nation, Cary Joji Fukunaga
Carol, Ed Lachman
It Follows, Michael Gioulakis
Meadlowland, Reed Morano
Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Joshua James Richards

Best Editing
Manos Sucias, Kristan Sprague
Heaven Knows What, Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie
It Follows, Julio C. Perez IV
Room, Nathan Nugent
Spotlight, Tom McArdle

John Cassavetes Award (Best Feature Under $500,000)
Christmas, Again
Heaven Knows What
Out of My Hand

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)

Michelle Buchman is the social media manager at Nerdist. She’s also a huge cinephile. Feel free to follow and chat movies with her on Twitter, @michelledeidre.

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