Newswire: Moonlight destroyed all comers at the Independent Spirit Awards

The Independent Spirit Awards were held earlier tonight, with filmmakers coming together to celebrate smaller films operating within the Hollywood ecosystem. One of the defining features of the awards are their budgetary restrictions; winners have to have been made for $20 million or less, a rule that disqualified a few of this year’s major Oscar contenders. Most notably, La La Landwhich cost $30 million—Hacksaw Ridge, and Arrival were all out of the running. That basically meant tonight was in the bag for either Moonlight or Manchester By The Sea, with Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age story the obvious winner before much time had passed at all.

In fact, Moonlight won every single award it was nominated for, including Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Picture, and the coveted Robert Altman Award, recognizing greatness by an ensemble in independent film. It might have won even more—Mahershala …

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