'Spotlight,' 'Beasts of No Nation' Win Big at Diverse 2016 Spirit Awards


Idris Elba and Abraham Attah
Idris Elba and Abraham Attah

“Spotlight” won best picture and four others honors and the stars of “Beasts of No Nation” took acting prizes at the 2016 Spirit Awards that showed a diverse side of Hollywood.

The story of crusading Boston Globe reporters pursuing a Catholic church scandal, “Spotlight” also won for best director for Tom McCarthy, best screenplay for Josh Singer and McCarthy, best editing for Tom McArdle and the Robert Altman Award at the beachside ceremony Saturday in Santa Monica, California.

“Beasts of No Nation’s” Abraham Attah won for best male lead and Idris Elba – widely seen as an Oscar snub – won for best supporting male.

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Brie Larson maintained her awards season dominance by nabbing best female lead for “Room,” and  the movie’s screenwriter Emma Donoghue won for best first screenplay. “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” was named best first feature. Mya Taylor won best supporting female for “Tangerine.”

Here’s the complete list:

Best Feature: “Spotlight”

Best Director: Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

Best First Feature: “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

Best First Screenplay: Emma Donoghue, “Room”

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

Best Supporting Female: Mya Taylor,”Tangerine”

Best Supporting Male: Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”

Best Female Lead: Brie Larson, “Room”

Best Male Lead: Abraham Attah, “Beasts of No Nation”

Robert Altman Award: “Spotlight”

Best Cinematography: Ed Lachman, “Carol”

Best Editing: Tom McArdle, “Spotlight”

Best International Film: “Son of Saul” (Hungary)

Best Documentary: “The Look of Silence”