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’12 Years a Slave’ Leads 2014 Spirit Award Winners

'12 Years a Slave' Leads 2014 Spirit Award Winners

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” dominated the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards, taking trophies for best picture, best director, best screenplay, best cinematography and best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o.

Nyong’o was joined by three other acting winners all likely to repeat at tomorrow’s Oscars: Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”). It could make for the very first time all four winners at the Spirits and Oscars lined up.

Other winners included “Nebraska” for best first screenplay, “Fruitvale Station” for best first feature, “Blue is the Warmest Color” for best international feature and “20 Feet From Stardom” for best documentary. “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “All Is Lost” and “Frances Ha” — all nominated for best feature — each went home emptyhanded.

Full list of winners below:

BEST FEATURE:
12 Years a Slave

BEST DIRECTOR
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

BEST SCREENPLAY
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
 
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
Fruitvale Station
 
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
 
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.  Award given to the writer, director, and producer.  Executive Producers are not awarded.
This Is Martin Bonner

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

BEST MALE LEAD

Matthew
McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
12 Years a Slave

BEST EDITING
Short Term 12
 

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
20 Feet From Stardom
 
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
Blue is the Warmest Color
 
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Mud
Director: Jeff Nichols
Casting Director: Francine Maisler
Ensemble Cast: Joe Don Baker / Jacob Lofland / Matthew McConaughey / Ray McKinnon / Sarah Paulson / Michael Shannon / Sam Shepard / Tye Sheridan / Paul Sparks / Bonnie Sturdivant / Reese Witherspoon

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