2016 Independent Spirit Awards Predictions

Best Feature

Beasts of No Nation

Who will win: Spotlight

Who should win: Carol/Tangerine

While Spotlight is the most solid film if the bunch, the film has no real feel to it and would’ve worked better as a documentary. Carol and Tangerine are not only progressive but some of the best films of the year.

Best Director

Sean Baker, Tangerine
Cary Joji Fukunaga, Beasts of No Nation
Todd Haynes, Carol
Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson, Anomalisa
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
David Robert Mitchell, It Follows

Who will win: Spotlight

Who should win: Carol/Tangerine

re:Best Feature

Best Screenplay

Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa
Donald Margulies, The End of the Tour
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight
S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk

Who will win: Spotlight

Who should win: Spotlight/Carol

Spotlight has the most solid script of the bunch, but Carol’s adaptation was superb.

Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
James White
Manos Sucias
Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Who will win: Diary of a Teenage Girl/Mediterranea

Who should win: Diary of a Teenage Girl

Diary of a Teenage Girl has been one of the lauded indie films of the year, but the praise for Mediterranea might give it the momentum to beat Diary.

Best First Screenplay

Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Jonas Carpignano, Mediterranea
Emma Donoghue, Room
Marielle Heller, The Diary of a Teenage Girl
John Magary, Russell Harbaugh, Myna Joseph, The Mend

Who will win: Room

Who should win: Room

The adaption of Room is bound to be a front-runner at the Oscars, and it should easily take home the prize here.

Best Male Lead

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour,

Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Who will win: Jason Segel

Who should win: Christopher Abbott

Jason Segel has turned heads for his turn in The End of the Tour, making him prime to take home the prize.

Best Female Lead

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Who will win: ???

Who should win: All 5 of them

It’s hard to say who will win this, considering all are not only deserving, but since Room and Carol are bigger feature’s, it may go the Powley or Rodriguez.

Best Supporting Male

Kevin Corrigan, Results
Paul Dano, Love & Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Richard Jenkins, Bone Tomahawk
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Who will win: Paul Dano

Who should win: Paul Dano

Dano is the current front-runner in the majority of the supporting actors races and he is sure to take it home here.

Best Supporting Female

Robin Bartlett, H.
Marin Ireland, Glass Chin
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anomalisa
Cynthia Nixon, James White
Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Who will win: Mya Taylor

Who should win: Mya Taylor

Taylor delivers an oscar worthy performance in Tangerine as Alexandra, and her support has been consistent since it’s premiere.

Best International Film

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Embrace of the Serpent
Son of Saul

Who will win: Son of Saul

Who should win: Son of Saul

The holocaust drama has been consistent in year end lists and will most likely be taking home the Oscar for it.

Best Cinematography

Beasts of No Nation
It Follows
Songs My Brothers Taught Me

Who will win: Carol

Who should win: Carol

Ed Lachman won the top prize at one of the biggest cinematography award ceremony’s earlier this year and has been a fan and critical favorite.



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