15th Independent Spirit Awards

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15th Independent Spirit Awards
DateMarch 25, 2000
SiteSanta Monica, California, U.S.
Hosted byJennifer Tilly
Best FilmElection[1]
Most awardsElection (3)
Most nominationsBoys Don't Cry(5)
The Limey (5)

The 15th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent filmmaking for 1999, were announced on March 25, 2000. It was hosted by Jennifer Tilly.[2][3][4][5][6]

Nominees and winners[edit]

Best Feature[edit]


Best First Feature (Over $500,000)[edit]

Being John Malkovich

Best First Feature (Under $500,000)[edit]

The Blair Witch Project

Best Director[edit]

Alexander PayneElection

Best Male Lead[edit]

Richard FarnsworthThe Straight Story

Best Female Lead[edit]

Hilary SwankBoys Don't Cry

Best Supporting Male[edit]

Steve ZahnHappy, Texas

Best Supporting Female[edit]

Chloë SevignyBoys Don't Cry

Best Screenplay[edit]

ElectionAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor

Best First Screenplay[edit]

Being John MalkovichCharlie Kaufman

Best Cinematography[edit]

Three Seasons – Lisa Rinzler

Best Foreign Film[edit]

Run Lola RunGermany

Best Debut Performance[edit]

Kimberly J. BrownTumbleweeds

Truer Than Fiction Award[edit]

Night Waltz: The Music of Paul Bowles

Producers Award[edit]

Pamela Koffler – I'm Losing You

Someone to Watch Award[edit]

Cauleen SmithDrylongso

Films with multiple wins and nominations[edit]


  • Election-3
  • Being John Malcovich-2
  • Boys Don't Cry-2

Nominations (3 or more)[edit]

  • Boys Don't Cry-5
  • The Limey-5
  • Election-4
  • The Straight Story-4
  • Cookie's Fortune-3
  • Judy Berlin-3


  1. ^ CNN.com - Entertainment - 'Election' voted best film in Spirit Awards - March 26, 2000
  2. ^ ""Election," "Limey" Up for Indie Oscars". E! Online. 2000-01-13. Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  3. ^ "'The Limey,' 'Election' Got the Spirit". Hollywood.com. 2000-01-14. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  4. ^ "'Election' Elected by Spirit Awards". Hollywood.com. 2000-03-26. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  5. ^ "'Election' Tallies Up 3 Big Wins at 15th Spirit Awards". Los Angeles Times. 2000-03-26. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  6. ^ "'Election' wins 3 Independent Spirit awards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2000-03-27. Retrieved 2012-08-17.

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