Top honors were handed out at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on Feb. 8th, 2020 to The Farewell, Uncut GemsThe LighthouseMarriage StoryJudy, Booksmart and See You YesterdayGive Me LibertyAmerican Factory and Parasite also received awards at the ceremony, which was held 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. 

This year’s major winners were Uncut Gems, which won Best Director, Best Male Lead and Best Editing; The Farewell, which won Best Feature and Best Supporting Female; The Lighthouse, which won Best Supporting Male and Best Cinematography; Marriage Story which won the Robert Altman Award and Best Screenplay; Judy which won Best Female Lead; Booksmart which won Best First Feature; See You Yesterday which won Best First Screenplay; Give Me Liberty which won the John Cassavetes Award; American Factory which won Best Documentary; and Parasite which won Best International Film.

The ceremony aired live on 2/8/20 on IFC, streamed on @FilmIndependent and @IFC Twitter pages and an encore presentation of the show will be available to stream on February 9 on IFC Films Unlimited on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the AppleTV app; please check your local listings for times. Clips from the ceremony will be available on Film Independent’s YouTube channel after the show.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Billie Lourd, Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jessica Elbaum, Katie Silberman, Olivia Wilde, and Chelsea Barnard, winners of Best First Feature for “Booksmart,” attend the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Film Independent)

The 13th annual Robert Altman Award was given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. Marriage Story director Noah Baumbach received this award, along with casting directors Douglas Aibel and Francine Maisler as well as cast members Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Julie Hagerty, Scarlett Johansson, Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson, and Merritt Wever.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 08: Bong Joon-ho, winner of Best International Film for “Parasite,” attends the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 08, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Film Independent)

The following is a complete list of the winners:

Best Feature: 

The Farewell (A24)

Producers: Anita Gou, Daniele Melia, Andrew Miano, Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Lulu Wang, Chris Weitz, Jane Zheng

Best Director: 

Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems (A24)

Best Screenplay: 

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story (Netflix)

Best First Feature: 

Booksmart (Annapurna Pictures/United Artists Releasing)

Director: Olivia Wilde

Producers: Chelsea BarnardDavid Distenfeld, Jessica Elbaum, Megan Ellison,

Katie Silberman

Best First Screenplay:

Fredrica Bailey & Stefon Bristol, See You Yesterday (Netflix)

John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000): 

Give Me Liberty (Music Box Films)

Writer/Director/Producer: Kirill Mikhanovsky

Writer/Producer: Alice Austen

Producers: Val Abel, Wally Hall, Michael Manasseri, George Rush, Sergey Shtern

Best Supporting Female: 

Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell (A24)

Best Supporting Male: 

Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse (A24)

Best Female Lead: 

Renée Zellweger, Judy (Roadside Attractions)

Best Male Lead:

Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems (A24)

Robert Altman Award: 

Marriage Story (Netflix)

Director: Noah Baumbach

Casting Directors: Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler

Ensemble Cast: Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Julie Hagerty, Scarlett Johansson, Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson, Merritt Wever

Best Cinematography: 

Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse (A24)

Best Editing:

Ronald Bronstein & Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems (A24)

Best International Film: 

Parasite (South Korea—Neon)

Director: Bong Joon-Ho

Best Documentary: 

American Factory (Netflix)

Director/Producer: Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert

Producers: Julie Parker Benello, Jeff Reichert

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