Indie Spirit Awards 2019: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Wins Top Prize, Glenn Close Roll Continues

     February 24, 2019

if-beale-street-could-talk-sliceThe 2019 Indie Spirit Awards felt a whole lot like an antidote to Oscar Madness, huh? Not only did the ceremony have an actual hostAubrey Plaza, who unsurprisingly slayed—but the night’s top prize went to Barry JenkinsIf Beale Street Could Talk, a film not even nominated this year for a Best Picture Academy Award. (Jenkins himself also took home Best Director.) You Were Never Really Here and Sorry to Bother You, two films the Academy apparently didn’t have time to catch in between marathon Bohemian Rhapsody screenings, snagged well-deserved nods for Best Editing and Best First Feature, respectively. Eighth Grade, another much-snubbed movie, nabbed a Best First Screenplay win for writer/director Bo Burnham. And, finally, some documentary justice for Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The only constant, as it should be in all things, is Glenn Close, who continued her apparently unimpeded march to the Oscars stage with another Best Actress win for The Wife.

Check out the full list of nominees below, with winners marked in red. The Indie Spirit Awards are voted on by the 6200 members of Film Independent, with all eligible films being produced for less than $20 million.

BEST FEATURE

Eighth Grade
First Reformed
If Beale Street Could Talk 
Leave No Trace
You Were Never Really Here

BEST DIRECTOR

Debra Granik, Leave No Trace
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk 
Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here
Paul Schrader, First Reformed

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BEST FIRST FEATURE

Hereditary
Sorry to Bother You 
The Tale
We the Animals
Wildlife

BEST FEMALE LEAD


Glenn Close, The Wife 
Toni Collette, Hereditary
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Regina Hall, Support the Girls
Helena Howard, Madeline’s Madeline
Carey Mulligan, Wildlife

BEST MALE LEAD

John Cho, Searching
Daveed Diggs, Blindspotting
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed 
Christian Malheiros, Sócrates
Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Kayli Carter, Private Life
Tyne Daly, A Bread Factory
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk  
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Leave No Trace
J. Smith-Cameron, Nancy

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BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Raúl Castillo, We the Animals
Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
Josh Hamilton, Eighth Grade
John David Washington, Monsters and Men


BEST SCREENPLAY

Richard Glatzer (Writer/Story By), Rebecca Lenkiewicz & Wash Westmoreland, Colette
Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
Tamara Jenkins, Private Life
Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You
Paul Schrader, First Reformed

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade 
Christina Choe, Nancy
Cory Finley, Thoroughbreds
Jennifer Fox, The Tale
Quinn Shephard (Writer/Story By) and Laurie Shephard (Story By), Blame

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ashley Connor, Madeline’s Madeline
Diego Garcia, Wildlife
Benjamin Loeb, Mandy
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria 
Zak Mulligan, We the Animals

BEST EDITING

Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here 
Keiko Deguchi, Brian A. Kates & Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals
Luke Dunkley, Nick Fenton, Chris Gill & Julian Hart, American Animals
Anne Fabini, Alex Hall and Gary Levy, The Tale
Nick Houy, Mid90s

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.)

A Bread Factory
En el Séptimo Día 

Never Goin’ Back
Sócrates
Thunder Road

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film director, casting director and ensemble cast.)

Suspiria

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Burning (South Korea)
The Favourite (United Kingdom)
Happy as Lazzaro (Italy)
Roma (Mexico) 
Shoplifters (Japan)

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