The Farewell is Independent Spirits Best Feature

Sandler and Zellweger win acting awards

by Jennie Kermode

Best Feature winner The Farewell
Best Feature winner The Farewell

The Independent Spirit Awards have once again taken an independent direction, showing support for the underdogs in this year's awards race. Lulu Wang was over the moon when her film The Farewell took Best Feature. She used her speech to call out the idea that women need encouragement to make films, saying that in fact what they need is to be hired.

Uncut Gems was the night's other big winner, taking Best Director for Benny and Josh Safdie and Best Actor for Adam Sandler. In a speech that delighted the audience, Sandler compared being snubbed by the Oscars as being left out of the Best Looking category in his high school yearbook but winning Best Personality instead.

Those awards in full:-

Best Feature

Best Director

Best Female Lead

  • Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best Male Lead

Best Supporting Female

Best Supporting Male

Best Screenplay

Best Editing

Best Documentary Feature

Best Cinematography

Best First Feature

Best First Screenplay

  • Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol, See You Yesterday

John Cassavetes Award

Robert Altman Award

Best International Film

Producers Award

  • Mollye Asher

Someone to Watch Award

  • Rashaad Ernesto Green, Premature

Truer than Fiction award

  • Nadia Shihab, Jaddoland

Bonnie Award

  • Kelly Reichardt

Share this with others on...

Sniffing out secrets Directors Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw chat about their documentary The Truffle Hunters

Stay-At-Home Seven: September 28 to October 3 Films to watch on streaming services and TV this week

Streaming Spotlight: climate change documentaries Seven films to check out for Climate Week

Scoring Nomadland Chloé Zhao on singer/songwriter Cat Clifford and the music of Ludovico Einaudi

Christian Petzold and Heinz Emigholz to give free NYFF talk Directors to discuss Undine and The Lobby

Beginning wins Golden Shell Georgian film takes top prize at San Sebastian

More news and features

We're bringing you news, reviews and interviews from the Venice Film Festival, the New York Film Festival.

We're looking forward to the Scottish Queer International Film Festival, Manchester's Grimmfest, the London Film Festival, New York's Newfest and the London Korean Film Festival.

We've recently been covering the San Sebastian Film Festival, the Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh, the Fantasia International Film Festival, London.horror festival Frightfest and LGBTQ+ festival Outfest LA.

Read our full for more.

Visit our festivals section.


It's been a while, but the competitions are back. Win a Blu-ray copy of Koko-di Koko-da in our latest.