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

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

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

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.

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

“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.

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
 

(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
(L-R) Elsie Fisher, Regina King and Glenn Close
Taraji P. Henson speaks onstage during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards
Regina King and Barry Jenkins with the Best Supporting Female, Best Director, and Best Feature awards for the film If Beale Street Could Talk during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Photo by Phillip Faraon
Roma actress alitza Aparicio attends the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards