2016 Indie Spirit Award Winners: 'Spotlight' Takes Big Prizes, 'Beasts Of No Nation' Gets Some Love

On Saturday evening, Film Independent revealed the winners for the 2016 Indie Spirit Awards, the much cooler cousin that everyone wishes the Oscars would take some notes from for future reference. Much like last year, one of the Best Picture nominees for the Academy Awards ended up taking the top prize with Spotlight winning Best Feature, not to mention a prize for the film's director Tom McCarthy, who also got a prize along with Josh Singer for the film's script. Could that be good news for some Oscar love tomorrow night? Only time will tell.

Get the rest of the 2016 Independent Spirit Award winners after the jump.

Beasts of No Nation finally got some of the attention it deserves, since it was snubbed completely by the Oscars. Idris Elba took home the Best Supporting Male award while Abraham Attah won the Male lead prize. Adding to the diverse slate of winners, Mya Taylor, a trans actress, won Best Supporting Female for her fantastic turn in the Sundance selected Tangerine from 2015.  Otherwise, Spotlight took home a couple more awards and so did Room. See all the winners bolded below.

BEST FEATURE

Anomalisa

Beasts of No Nation

Carol

Spotlight

Tangerine

BEST DIRECTOR

Cary Joji Fukunaga – Beasts of No Nation

Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson – Anomalisa

David Robert Mitchell – It Follows

Sean Baker – Tangerine

Todd Haynes – Carol

Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Bel Powley – The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Brie Larson – Room

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Kitana Kiki Rodriguez – Tangerine

Rooney Mara – Carol

BEST MALE LEAD

Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation

Ben Mendelsohn – Mississippi Grind

Christopher Abbott – James White

Jason Segel – The End of the Tour

Koudous Seihon – Mediterranea

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Cynthia Nixon – James White

Jennifer Jason Leigh – Anomalisa

Marin Ireland – Glass Chin

Mya Taylor – Tangerine

Robin Bartlett – H.

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation

Kevin Corrigan – Results

Michael Shannon – 99 Homes

Paul Dano – Love & Mercy

Richard Jenkins – Bone Tomahawk

BEST SCREENPLAY

Anomalisa

Bone Tomahawk

Carol

End of the Tour

Spotlight

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Best of Enemies

Heart of a Dog

Look of Silence

Meru

Russian Woodpecker

(T)error

BEST FIRST FEATURE

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

James White

Manos Sucas

Mediterranea

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

BEST EDITING

Beasts of No Nation

Heaven Knows What

It Follows

Room

Spotlight

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Beasts of No Nation

Carol

It Follows

Meadowland

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Embrace of the Serpent

Girlhood

Mustang

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Son of Saul

JOHN CASSAVETTES AWARD (Best Feature Made For Under $500,000)

Advantageous

Christmas, Again

Heaven Knows What

Krisha

Out of My Hand

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Best Ensemble)

Spotlight

KIEHL'S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

Chloe Zhoa

Felix Thompson

Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

Since the votes for the Oscars are usually in by the time these awards are announced, they don't really impact the results for Hollywood's biggest night. However, they might be a good indicator of where some of the voters heads were at as far as certain awards are concerned. Specifically, there's a chance Spotlight could end up taking home Best Picture at the Oscars away from The Revenant. But we'll have to be patient as the Oscars will be announced Sunday night. We'll have the winners updated live, right here at /Film, so stay tuned.