BIRDMAN Wins Best Picture at Independent Spirit Awards; BOYHOOD Takes Best Director

In what could very well be a harbinger of things to come, Birdman and Boyhood split the top two prizes at tonight’s Independent Spirit Awards. Birdman was given the Best Feature prize while Richard Linklater took home Best Director for Boyhood, and I’m predicting the same thing to happen at tomorrow’s Academy Awards. Birdman took home three trophies in all at the Spirit Awards, which recognize the very best in independent cinema. The comedy nabbed Best Actor for Michael Keaton (Oscar frontrunner Eddie Redmayne wasn’t nominated) and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, while Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette won Best Supporting Actress.

Elsewhere, the excellent Nightcrawler was awarded Best First Feature and writer/director Dan Gilroy also won Best Screenplay. During his acceptance speech, Gilroy ruffled a few feathers by lamenting the “tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry,” saying the evening’s awards are proof that independent film is still thriving regardless.

The other film that nabbed multiple awards during the ceremony was Whiplash, which won Best Editing and Best Supporting Actor, continuing J.K. Simmons’ steamroll through awards season which should result in an Oscar tomorrow night.

And Paul Thomas Anderson‘s wonderfully hypnotic Inherent Vice finally found some love in the form of the Robert Altman Award, which is given to a film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast.

Check out the full list of the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards winners below.

BEST FEATURE

Birdman

Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole

BEST MALE LEAD

Michael Keaton, Birdman

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

BEST DIRECTOR

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Citizenfour

Director/Producer: Laura Poitras

Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky

BEST SCREENPLAY

Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

H., Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Nightcrawler

Director: Dan Gilroy; Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

Land Ho!

Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens; Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Ida (Poland), Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

20th ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

The Kill Team, Director: Dan Krauss

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Justin Simien, Dear White People

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

BEST EDITING

Tom Cross, Whiplash

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

Inherent Vice

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