35th Independent Spirit Awards

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35th Independent Spirit Awards
Awarded forBest in independent film
DateFebruary 8, 2020
SiteSanta Monica Pier
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Hosted byAubrey Plaza
Best FeatureThe Farewell
Most awardsUncut Gems (3)
Most nominationsThe Lighthouse and Uncut Gems (5)
Television coverage

The 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best independent films of 2019, were presented by Film Independent on February 8, 2020.[1] The nominations were announced on November 21, 2019 by actresses Zazie Beetz and Natasha Lyonne.[2][3][4] The ceremony was televised in the United States by IFC, taking place inside its usual tent setting on a beach in Santa Monica, California. Aubrey Plaza returned to host the ceremony for the second time.[5]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Josh Safdie, Best Director co-winner
Adam Sandler, Best Male Lead winner
Renée Zellweger, Best Female Lead winner
Willem Dafoe, Best Supporting Male winner
Noah Baumbach, Best Screenplay winner
Olivia Wilde, Best First Feature co-winner
Best Feature Best Director

The Farewell

Josh Safdie and Benny SafdieUncut Gems

Best Male Lead Best Female Lead

Adam SandlerUncut Gems as Howard Ratner

Renée ZellwegerJudy as Judy Garland

Best Supporting Male Best Supporting Female

Willem DafoeThe Lighthouse as Thomas Wake

Zhao Shu-zhenThe Farewell as Nai Nai

Best Screenplay Best First Screenplay

Noah BaumbachMarriage Story

Fredrica Bailey and Stefon BristolSee You Yesterday

Best First Feature Best Documentary Feature

Olivia WildeBooksmart

American Factory

Best Cinematography Best Editing

Jarin BlaschkeThe Lighthouse

Ronald Bronstein and Benny SafdieUncut Gems

Best International Film

Parasite ( South Korea)

Films with multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Films that won multiple awards
Awards Film
3 Uncut Gems
2 The Farewell
The Lighthouse

Special awards[edit]

John Cassavetes Award[edit]

Give Me Liberty

Robert Altman Award[edit]

(The award is given to its film director, casting director, and ensemble cast)

Kiehl's Someone to Watch Award[edit]

Recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's.

The BONNIE Award[edit]

Recognizes mid-career women directors with a body of work that demonstrates uniqueness of vision and a groundbreaking approach to film making. The award includes a $50,000 unrestricted grant funded by American Airlines.

Piaget Producers Award[edit]

Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

  • Mollye Asher
    • Krista Parris
    • Ryan Zacarias

Truer than Fiction Award[edit]

Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony; Blyth, Antonia (February 8, 2020). "Independent Spirit Awards Redresses Female Balance With Wins For Lulu Wang, Olivia Wilde & Julia Reichert – Complete Winners List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  2. ^ Sinha-Roy, Piya (November 6, 2019). "Natasha Lyonne, Zazie Beetz to Announce Nominees for Film Independent Spirit Awards (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (November 21, 2019). "Spirit Award Nominations: A24 Leads For 4th Straight Year With 18 Noms As 'Uncut Gems' & 'The Lighthouse' Come Up Big". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Lewis, Hilary (November 21, 2019). "Film Independent Spirit Awards: 'Uncut Gems,' 'The Lighthouse' Lead Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  5. ^ Warren, Matt (December 5, 2019). "Aubrey Plaza to Return as Host of the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards". Film Independent. Retrieved December 5, 2019.

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