The journalism drama about a team of reporters investigating sexual abuse of children by priests in Boston won best feature, best screenplay, best editing, best director for Tom McCarthy and the Robert Altman Award, given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.
“Room,” about a mother and young son held captive in a cramped room for years, won two awards — best female lead for Oscar front-runner Brie Larson and best first screenplay for Emma Donoghue.
The African war drama “Beasts of No Nation” had two winners, best male lead for young Abraham Atta and best supporting male for Idris Elba.
The Spirit Awards ceremony, held in Santa Monica, were hosted by Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani.
Here is a list of winners:
— “Spotlight,” Producers: Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar
BEST FIRST FEATURE
— “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” Director: Marielle Heller; Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
— “Krisha,” Writer/Director/Producer: Trey Edward Shults; Producers: Justin R. Chan, Chase Joliet, Wilson Smith
— Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
— Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, “Spotlight”
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
— Emma Donoghue, “Room”
— Ed Lachman, “Carol”
— Tom McArdle, “Spotlight”
BEST FEMALE LEAD
— Brie Larson, “Room”
BEST MALE LEAD
— Abraham Attah, “Beasts of No Nation”
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
— Mya Taylor, “Tangerine”
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
— Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
— “Spotlight,” Director: Tom McCarthy; Casting Directors: Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee; Ensemble Cast: Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Neal Huff, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci
— “The Look of Silence,” Director: Joshua Oppenheimer; Producer: Signe Byrge Srensen
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
— “Son of Saul” (Hungary), Director: Laszlo Nemes
City News Service contributed to this article.
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