2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards

2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards

February 27, 2016
February 27, 2016
Santa Monica
Santa Monica


The 2015 Independent Spirit Awards announced its nominees on November 24, 2015.[1] The winners were announced on February 27, 2016 at Santa Monica Beach. The ceremony was hosted by Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani.[2]

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Tom McCarthy
Actor and director
Brie Larson
Actress and musician
bornOctober 1, 1989
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Abraham Attah
Mya Taylor

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Spotlight is a 2015 American biographical crime drama film directed by Tom McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer.[4][5] The film may follow The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team, the oldest continuously operating newspaper investigative journalist unit in the United States,[6] and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. It is based on a series of stories by the real Spotlight Team that earned The Globe the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.[7] The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d'Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup.[8]

Spotlight was shown in the Out of Competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.[9] It was also shown at the Telluride Film Festival and the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[10] The film was released on November 6, 2015, by Open Road Films. It won numerous guilds and critics' association awards, and was named one of the finest films of 2015 by various publications. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay from a total of six nominations at the 88th Academy Awards.


Best Feature Nominees5

Best First Feature Nominees4

John Cassavetes Award Nominees4

Best Female Lead Nominees5

Best Male Lead Nominees4

Best Supporting Female Nominees5

Best Supporting Male Nominees5

Best Director Nominees7

Best Screenplay Nominees6

Best First Screenplay Nominees5

Best Cinematography Nominees5

Best Editing Nominees4

Best International Film Nominees5

Best Documentary Nominees6

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The Santa Monica Pier is a large double-jointed pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica, California and is a prominent, 100-year-old landmark.

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