‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Roma’ receive Spirit Awards

Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins timeless romance drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,” received three awards at the Spirit Awards, which was held on the beach in Santa Monica, California.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 23: Barry Jenkins accepts Best Director for “If Beale Street Could Talk” onstage during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

“Sorry To Bother You,” “The Wife ” and Roma also received awards at the ceremony which aired live today on IFC and Facebook Watch.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 23: Yalitza Aparicio attends the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 23: (l-R) Boots Riley and Tessa Thompson, winners of Best First Feature for ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ pose during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” won Best Feature, Best Director and Best Supporting Female,  “Sorry to Bother You” won Best First Feature; “The Wife”  won Best Female Lead for lead actress Glen Close and “Roma” which won Best International Film.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 23: (l-R) Boots Riley and Tessa Thompson, winners of Best First Feature for ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ pose during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 23: Taraji P. Henson speaks onstage during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

Now in its 34th year, the Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. Presenters included: Sterling K. Brown, Brian Tyree Henry, Taraji P. Henson, Michael Keaton,  Kiki Layne, Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson.

The following is a complete list of the 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

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Elsie Fisher, Regina King and Glenn Close pose during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/ Photos Courtesy of Getty Images and Film Independent

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