The Independent Spirit Awards is the last significant milestone on the road to the Oscars, traditionally held the night before. However, unlike the Academy, the remit here is more refined to lower budget independent productions, as the name suggests.
As such, and with no competition from La La Land, it was Barry Jenkins and Moonlight which dominated proceedings, winning six awards including Best Feature and Best Director.
The drama has fallen off the pace in the Oscar race, but remains a critical favourite. The Witch won two awards for best first feature and first screenplay, while O.J.: Made in America picked up Best Documentary, which all but guarantees its Academy Award.
All the winners are listed below.
2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Winners
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
Best First Feature
Best First Screenplay
John Cassavetes Award
Best Supporting Female
Molly Shannon, Other People
Best Supporting Male
Ben Foster, Hell or High Water
Best Female Lead
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Best Male Lead
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Robert Altman Award
Best International Film
OJ: Made in America
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