You’d never know from attending today’s near-euphoric Spirit Awards ceremony that Tom McCarthy‘s Spotlight, which won five major awards (Best Feature, Director, Screenplay, Editing and Ensemble Acting), isn’t quite favored to win the Best Picture Oscar tomorrow night. I was basking in Spotlight fever and having a great time along with everyone else, but I’m still sensing that The Revenant has it in the bag. I think. “The Revenant can’t win,” a colleague insisted as we sat in the press room around 3:30 pm. “It’s too divisive.” My answer: “I’m not going to slit my wrists if Spotlight doesn’t win or if The Revenant doesn’t win. I can not only live with but applaud either scenario. I’m just feeling the pollen and the pixie-dust vibes and the current in the air…that’s all. And it mostly feels like The Revenant.”
Spotlight gang in Spirit Awards press room — Saturday, 2.27, 3:55 pm.
Best Male Lead award winner Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation.
Son of Saul director Laszlo Nemes, star Géza Röhrig.
Room‘s Brie Larson, winner of the Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.
Tangerine‘s Mya Taylor, winner of Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.
2016 Spirit Award winners:
Best Feature: Spotlight; Best Director: Tom McCarthy, Spotlight; Best Screenplay: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight; Beasts of No Nation; Best Female Lead: Brie Larson, Room; Best Male Lead: Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation; Best Supporting Male: Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation; Best Supporting Female: Mya Taylor, Tangerine; Best First Feature: The Diary of a Teenage Girl; Best First Screenplay: Emma Donoghue, Room; John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000): Krisha; Robert Altman Award: Spotlight; Best Cinematography: Ed Lachman, Carol; Best Editing: Tom McArdle, Spotlight; Best International Film: Son of Saul; Best Documentary: The Look of Silence.