The Full List of 2019 Spirit Awards Winners

The Full List of 2019 Spirit Awards Winners

Film Independent handed out honors today at the 2019 Spirit Awards ceremony to If Beale Street Could Talk, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Suspiria, Eighth Grade, First Reformed, Sorry To Bother You, The Wife and You Were Never Really Here. En El Séptimo Día, Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Roma also received awards at the ceremony, which was held this afternoon on the beach in Santa Monica. In addition to being the celebration that honors artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision, the Spirit Awards is the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs.

The 12th annual Robert Altman Award was given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino received this award, along with casting directors Avy Kaufman and Stella Savino as well as cast members Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fouina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Fabrizia Sacchi, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler.

The 2019 Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation Fellowship annually selects an outstanding filmmaker and participant in Project Involve. Now in its 26th year, Project Involve has proudly fostered the careers of artists from underrepresented backgrounds, empowering them to create stories for film and television that are reflective of our community. The Fellowship includes an unrestricted cash grant of $10,000 and was awarded to screenwriter Stephanie Adams-Santos, a distinct and bold new voice.

You can still view the full list of 2019 Spirit Awards nominees by clicking here.

The 2019 Spirit Awards Winners:

Best Feature:
If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Producers: Dede Gardner, Barry Jenkins, Jeremy Kleiner, Sara Murphy, Adele Romanski

Best Director:
Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)

Best Screenplay:
Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best First Feature:
Sorry To Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
Director: Boots Riley
Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams

Best First Screenplay:
Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade (A24)

John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000):
En El Séptimo Día (The Cinema Guild)
Writer/Director/Producer: Jim McKay
Producers: Alex Bach, Lindsey Cordero, Caroline Kaplan, Michael Stipe

Best Supporting Female:
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)

Best Supporting Male:
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Female Lead:
Glenn Close, The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best Male Lead:
Ethan Hawke, First Reformed (A24)

Robert Altman Award:
Suspiria (Amazon Studios)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Casting Directors Avy Kaufman and Stella Savino
Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fouina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Fabrizia Sacchi, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler

Best Cinematography:
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Suspiria (Amazon Studios)

Best Editing:
Joe Bini, You Were Never Really Here (Amazon Studios)

Best International Film:
Roma (Mexico – Netflix)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Best Documentary:
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Focus Features)
Director/Producer: Morgan Neville
Producers: Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma

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