'Birdman' Wins Best Feature at the 30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards

Saturday, 21 February 2015 16:10 Written by  iamrogue
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'Birdman' Wins Best Feature at the 30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards are basically Oscar's less popular but totally cooler younger – way, way younger – sibling.

Where the Academy Awards take place in the ostentatious Dolby Theatre and shut down traffic for blocks in every direction, the Spirit Awards go down in a giant tent on the Santa Monica Beach, just yards away from the Pacific Ocean its chilly sea winds.  Where the Academy Awards are characterized by pomp, circumstance, and awed reverence, the Spirit Awards are typified by a seat-of-your pants freewheeling style.  It's a celebration of movies often overlooked during the rest of awards season.

Of course, it’s also a huge warm-up for tomorrow night’s big show: Many of today's winners at the 30th Annual Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by potent combo Kristen Bell and Fred Arminsen, are bound to repeat at the Oscars tomorrow night.

Birdman won Best Feature, a strong indicator that the faux-single-take meta-trip might just pull ahead of Boyhood in the awards season dead heat the two movies have been locking in for months.

While Birdman won the big prize and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki deservedly took the cinematography accolades, director Alejandro G. Inarittu didn't manage to snag the directorial award.  Instead, it went to Richard Linklater, who shot Boyhood over the course of more than a decade.

Boyhood's only other trophy today went to Patricia Arquette, solidifying her shoo-in status for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.  That goes for all the major acting categories, actually, as every frontrunner in the respective categories won at the Spirit Awards.  Michael Keaton was awarded for Birdman, while Julianne Moore and JK Simmons won in the leading actress and supporting actor categories for Still Alice and Whiplash, respectively.  These two, along with Arquette, have won virtually every major award for which they've been nominated.

Laura Poitras' remarkable doc CitizenFour, likewise, continued its awards season domination of the documentary field. 

And Nightcrawler, which hasn't gotten nearly enough love over the last few months made an impression today, with writer-director Tony Gilroy earning Best First Feature and Best Screenplay.

The full awards show is broadcast live on IFC, but we've got the full list of winners right here, complete with pictures straight from the winners' tent, where IAR Managing Editor Jami Philbrick talked to the day's winners right after they received their Spirit Awards.  Check back for Jami's video coverage of the winners' tent, as well his his IAR-exclusive video interviews straight from the red carpet.

With no further ado, here are your 30th Annual Independent Spirit Award winners:

BEST FEATURE
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole



BEST MALE LEAD

Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)


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 or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Check back to IAR for Jami Philbrick's full coverage of the 30th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards later this weekend.

And while you're getting all lathered up for the 87th Annual Academy Awards tomorrow night by comparing your predictions against those of Jami and IAR's resident OScar expert and prognosticator Brett Gursky.


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