Indie Spirit Awards 2019: Harlem story ‘Beale Street’ wins
3/7/2019, 4:57 p.m.
The New York Amsterdam News and our new all-digital vertical “AmNews Curtain Raiser” were on the Santa Monica beach soaking up the indie love at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards. Despite the unusually cool weather, the best of the indie film world and many that have already smashed open the Hollywood door, like Oscar winner Barry Jenkins, all rubbed shoulders in the pre-cocktail event.
In the crowd enjoying lobster rolls was Tony-Award winner Daveed Diggs (nominated for “BlindSpotting”), Jania Gavankar (“BlindSpotting” and HBO’s “True Blood”), OUT magazine’s new entertainment editor, Tre’vell Anderson, Glenn Close (who brought her dog, Pip), producer Effie T. Brown, Richard Grant and a host of top film producers, executives, casting agents, agents, talent managers and all types of gifted behind-the-scene talent.
The Spirit Awards are chosen by the Film Independent’s 6200 members after an anonymous committee vote on nominations. The eligibility rules require that movies be produced in the U.S. for less than $20 million.
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Best First Feature
“Sorry To Bother You”
Best Supporting Female Actor
Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Best Supporting Male Actor
Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, “Suspiria”
Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”
Best First Screenplay
Bo Burnham, “Eighth Grade”
Joe Bini, “You Were Never Really Here”
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Best International Film
The Truer Than Fiction Award
Alexandria Bombach, “on her shoulders”
Bing Liu, “Minding The Gap”
RaMell Ross, “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
The Someone to Watch Award
Alex Moratto, “Sócrates”
The Bonnie Award
Robert Altman Award
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Casting Directors: Avy Kaufman, Stella Savino
Ensemble Cast: Malgosia Bela, Ingrid Caven, Lutz Ebersdorf, Elena Fokina, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper, Dakota Johnson, Gala Moody, Chloë Grace Moretz, Renée Soutendijk, Tilda Swinton, Sylvie Testud, Angela Winkler