Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Birdman” came out on top as the big winner at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards this afternoon in Santa Monica, beating out Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” which walked away with Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. “Birdman” star Michael Keaton also picked up Best Actor at the awards ceremony. Below find the full list of winners.
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole
Richard Linklater Boyhood
Dan Gilroy Nightcrawler
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
Director: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal, David Lancaster, Michel Litvak
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Dear White People “I’m going to put the award next to my bed in my tiny apartment. This is nuts!”
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.
Land Ho! Writers/Directors: Aaron Katz & Martha Stephens Producers: Christina Jennings, Mynette Louie, Sara Murphy
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Julianne Moore Still Alice “I didn’t expect to be so emotional — I’ve been making independent films for 25 years now. We made this film in 23 days…I brought my own bras and bought my own food.”
BEST MALE LEAD
Michael Keaton Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) “This awards season is unbelievable. I think we would all be remiss if we didn’t thank Narcissus right now. He doesn’t get enough of a shout out. This has really been fun, honestly, to tell the truth.”
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Boyhood “I’ve made a lot of independent films but I’ve never been invited to this party before… I want to stop for a second and say there should be an award at this ceremony for distributors. If you don’t have a good distributor pushing your movie, you will never be seen.”
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
J.K. Simmons Whiplash “One thing I have not done previously is point out how honored I am to be mentioned with these other actors. I actually got to see all your films this year, which I don’t often do. Everybody who hasn’t seen the movie, it’s still out there.”
Emmanuel Lubezki Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Tom Cross Whiplash
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
CITIZENFOUR Director/Producer: Laura Poitras Producers: Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky Laura Poitras: “Our governments are not telling us what is happening so it’s a dire situation.”
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
Ida (Poland) Director: Pawel Pawlikowski “Miracles happen, thank you very much.”
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Casting Director: Cassandra Kulukundis
Ensemble Cast: Josh Brolin, Martin Donovan, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Joaquin Phoenix, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short Serena Scott Thomas, Benicio Del Toro, Katherine Waterston, Michael Kenneth Williams, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon Paul Thomas Anderson: “Don’t fly American Airlines. They will fucking lose your luggage.”
SPECIAL DISTINCTION AWARD
Director/Producer: Bennett Miller
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Megan Ellison, Jon Kilik
Writers: E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Actors: Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum
18th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 18th annual Producers Award, sponsored by Piaget, 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.
21st ANNUAL KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 21st annual Someone to Watch Award, sponsored by Kiehl’s Since 1851, recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl’s Since 1851.
H. Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
20th ANNUAL LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 20th annual Truer Than Fiction Award, sponsored by LensCrafters is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by LensCrafters.