Spirit Awards Will Be a 'Moonlight' Serenade, Not an Oscar Rehearsal

Spirit Awards Will Be a 'Moonlight' Serenade, Not an Oscar Rehearsal

The cast of Moonlight has already won the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble, making the cast ineligible for the acting categories.

However, the last three best-feature winners of Spirit Awards - "Spotlight", "Birdman" and "12 Years a Slave" - all took the top prize at the Academy Awards, the Associated Press notes.

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"This movie exists as a beacon of inclusivity", Jenkins said. Nominees for the awards include "American Honey" and "Moonlight", which both have six nominations.

For a list of Spirit Award victor and nominees, visit the Film Independent blog.

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That's because the Spirit Awards, which once went 24 years without ever having the same best picture victor as the Oscars, and 26 years with only one duplicate victor, has in the last five years gotten positively Oscar-happy.

Ben Foster won best supporting actor for David Mackenzie's neo-Western "Hell or High Water", in which he plays one of two bank-robbing brothers.

French star Isabelle Huppert was named best actress for playing a woman who pursues her rapist in "Elle".

- When "Spa Night" landed the John Cassavetes Award, reserved for movies made for $500,000 or less, filmmaker Andrew Ahn said the win was especially meaningful for a film "about a Korean-American immigrant family, about queer Korean American people". Robert Eggers' well-researched "The Witch", set in 17th century MA, won for both best first feature and best first screenplay.

While the Indie Spirits consider only those films made for $20 million or less, the Gothams restrict eligibility to American films with a distributor that were made with "a economy of means".