No surprises in the major Spirit categories on this pleasant, if slightly cool, Sunday Afternoon by the shore in Santa Monica. Maggie Gyllenhaal collected three of the major awards with “The Lost Daughter” winning Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Gyllenhaal has already won Best First Film from the NYFCC and Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Outstanding Performance from the Gotham IFA.
Ruth Negga got a well-deserved nod for Best Supporting Actress in “Passing” (take that Oscar!) adding to her award from the NSFC. “Passing” also took the Best Cinematography award for Eduard Grau’s gorgeous black-and-white lensing.
Troy Kotsur won Best Supporting Actor for “CODA” putting him in a dead heat with Kodi Smit-McPhee for the Oscar.
Michael Sarnoski took Best First Screenplay (story by Vanessa Block and Sarnoski) for “Pig”.
“Zola” nabbed two awards: Best Actress for Taylour Paige and Best Editing.
Simon Rex took home Best Actor for “Red Rocket” adding to his award from the LAFCA.
Best Documentary went to Questlove’s “Summer of Soul” adding to its award from the LAFCA.
Best International Film went to Ryusuke Hamagushi’s “Drive My Car” which has already won Best Film from the NYFCC, LAFCA and NSFC.
The unfortunate Robert Altman ensemble award (which excludes the winners from competing in the other categories – Ouch!) had already gone to Fran Kranz’s “Mass” (Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton).
Best First Film: “7 Days” (Roshan Sethi).
The John Cassavettes Award: “Shiva Baby” (Emma Seligman).
Someone to Watch Award: Alex Camilleri, “Luzzu”.
The Truer Than Fiction Award: Jessica Beshir, “Faya Dayi”.
Producers Award: Lizzie Shapiro.