2019 Independent Spirit Awards: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Triumphs

It won Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Supporting Female.
2019 Independent Spirit Awards: If Beale Street Could Talk Wins Big
2019 Independent Spirit Awards: If Beale Street Could Talk Wins Big
Boots Riley34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 23 Feb 2019
Glenn Close34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 23 Feb 2019
Richard E. Grant34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 23 Feb 2019
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The Film Independent Spirit Awards have come to a close in sunny Santa Monica, with “If Beale Street Could Talk” winning Best Feature, Best Director for Barry Jenkins, and Best Supporting Female for Regina King. The love was spread fairly evenly across the other major prizes, with Glenn Close of “The Wife” taking home Best Actress, Ethan Hawke earning Best Actor for his performance in “First Reformed,” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” winning Best Screenplay (Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty) and Best Supporting Male (Richard E. Grant).

“We the Animals” led all films with five nominations, followed by “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” and “You Were Never Really Here” with four apiece. There will be excitingly little overlap between today’s ceremony and tomorrow’s — for the first time since 2008, no movies are up for the top prize at both shows.

Aubrey Plaza hosted the ceremony, which aired on IFC. Full list of winners:

Best Feature

If Beale Stret Could Talk
“If Beale Street Could Talk”Screenshot

“Eighth Grade”

“First Reformed”

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

“Leave No Trace”

“You Were Never Really Here”

Best First Feature


“Sorry to Bother You”

“The Tale”

“We the Animals”


Best Female Lead

the wife
“The Wife”

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 Director

(l to r.) Actor Stephan James, director Barry Jenkins, and actor KiKi Layne on the set of IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, an Annapurna Pictures release.
Barry Jenkins on the set of “If Beale Street Could Talk”Tatum Mangus / Annapurna Picture

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”

Best Documentary

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

“Minding the Gap”

“Of Fathers and Sons”

“On Her Shoulders”


“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Best Supporting Male

Melissa McCarthy as "Lee Israel" and Richard E. Grant as "Jack Hock" in the film CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? Photo by Mary Cybulski. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”Photo by Mary Cybulski

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

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Richard Glatzer, 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”

Read More: Final Independent Spirit Awards Predictions: Barry Jenkins and Debra Granik in Tight Race

Robert Altman Award



Best First Screenplay

Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher shooting "Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher shooting “Eighth Grade”Julieta Cervantes

Bo Burnham, “Eighth Grade”

Christina Choe, “Nancy”

Cory Finley, “Thoroughbreds”

Jennifer Fox, “The Tale”

Quinn Shephard and Laurie Shephard, “Blame”

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”

Bonnie Award

Director Debra Granik and cinematographer Michael McDonough on the set of LEAVE NO TRACE, a Bleecker Street release.
Debra GranikScott Green / Bleecker Street

Debra Granik

Tamara Jenkins

Karyn Kusama

Best International Film

(L to R) Marco Graf as Pepe, Daniela Demesa as Sofi, Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, Marina De Tavira as Sofia, Diego Cortina Autrey as Toño, Carlos Peralta Jacobson as Paco in Roma, written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Photo by Carlos Somonte
“Roma”Photo by Carlos Somonte

“Burning” (South Korea)

“The Favourite” (United Kingdom)

“Happy as Lazzaro” (Italy)

“Roma” (Mexico)

“Shoplifters” (Japan)

John Cassavetes Award

“A Bread Factory”

“En el Septimo Dia”

“Never Goin’ Back”


“Thunder Road”

Best Supporting Female

Regina King stars as Sharon in Barry Jenkins' IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, an Annapurna Pictures release.
Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk”Tatum Mangus / Annapurna Picture

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”

Best Cinematography


Ashley Connor, “Madeline’s Madeline”

Diego Garcia, “Wildlife”

Benjamin Loeb,” Mandy”

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Suspiria”

Zak Mulligan, “We the Animals”

Producers Award

Shrihari Sathe, Filmaker34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles, USA - 23 Feb 2019
Shrihari Sathe at the Independent Spirit AwardsAFF-USA/REX/Shutterstock

Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams

Gabrielle Nadig

Shrihari Sathe

Someone to Watch Award

Alex MorattoFilm Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch, Inside, BOA Steakhouse, Los Angeles, USA - 05 Jan 2019
Alex Moratto at the Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee BrunchMichael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Alex Moratto, director of “Sócrates”

Ioana Uricaru, director of “Lemonade”

Jeremiah Zagar, director of “We the Animals”

Truer Than Fiction Award

Minding The Gap- Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, in MINDING THE GAP Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends' turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. As the film unfolds, Bing captures 23-year-old ZackÕs tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend deteriorate after the birth of their son and 17-year-old Keire struggling with his racial identity as he faces new responsibilities following the death of his father. While navigating a difficult relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own past, Bing ultimately weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood. Keire Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan, shown. (Photo credit Hulu)
Keire Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack MulliganHulu

Alexandria Bombach, director of “On Her Shoulders”

Bing Liu, director of “Minding the Gap”

RaMell Ross, director of “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

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