2016 Independent Spirit Awards: Red Carpet Arrivals and Winners List

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One day prior to the Academy Awards the stars were out in full force at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards today (Feb. 27, 2016) in Santa Monica, California.

The annual Spirit Awards tends to be an indie antidote to Hollywood’s biggest night, but this year, the contrast will be starker than usual.

Whereas the Oscars are dealing with a second straight year of all-white acting nominees, the Spirit Awards — which celebrate films made for $20 million or less — have five non-white acting nominees out of 20.

It was a big day for Spotlight which took home the Best Feature award, Tom McCarthy for Best Director, McCarthy and Josh Singer for Best Screenplay, Tom McArdle for Best Editing and Best Ensemble.

Tangerine actress Mya Taylor made history by being the first transgender person to win Best Supporting Actress.

After winning the award, Taylor said, “First of all, no one tells you how nervous you’re gonna be when you’re up against other big actors for an award. There are so many things that go through your head, like ‘Am I gonna trip on this long ass dress getting up here?'” she joked at the podium upon accepting her award. “I have had a long journey through my 2015 because I had some from almost nothing and then got his role and this movie, and my life just did a total 360.”

Taylor ended her speech with a message to filmmakers: “There is transgender talent. There’s very beautiful transgender talent. So, you better get it out there and put it in your next movie.”

Launch the gallery above to see all the red carpet arrival photos from the show.

Here is the full list of 2016 Independent Spirit Awards:

BEST FEATURE FILM
Spotlight
Producers: Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Brie Larson
Room

BEST MALE LEAD
Abraham Attah
Beasts Of No Nation

BEST DIRECTOR
Tom McCarthy
Spotlight

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Mya Taylor
Tangerine

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Son of Saul (Hungary)
Director: László Nemes

BEST SCREENPLAY
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer
Spotlight

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Best Feature Under $500,000)
Krisha
Writer/Director/Producer: Trey Edward Shults
Producers: Justin R. Chan, Chase Joliet, Wilson Smith

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ed Lachman
Carol

BEST FIRST FEATURE
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Director: Marielle Heller
Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit

Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)
Spotlight
Director: Tom McCarthy
Casting Directors: Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee
Ensemble Cast: Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Neal Huff, Brian d’Arcy James, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Jamey Sheridan, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci

BEST SCREENPLAY
The Look Of Silence
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Emma Donoghue
Room

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Idris Elba
Beasts Of No Nation

Piaget Producers Award
Mel Eslyn

Truer Than Fiction Award
Incorruptible
Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award
King Jack
Director: Felix Thompson

BEST EDITING
Spotlight
Tom McArdle