12 Years a Slave Cleans Up at Independent Spirit Awards

12 Years a Slave
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Even if 12 Years a Slave doesn’t win the big awards at the 2014 Academy Awards, it still finished as a big winner in this year’s awards season. The Steve McQueen movie about slavery cleaned up at the Independent Spirit Awards the night before the Oscars.

The movie won Best Picture, beating out Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Fraces Ha and All is Lost. Steve McQueen won Best Director, beating out Shane Carruth (Upstream Color), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Jeff Nichols (Mud) and J.C. Chandor (All is Lost).

John Ridley won for Best Screenplay, Lupita Nyong’o won for Best Supporting Female and Sean Bobbit won for Best Cinematography. Only Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor went home empty handed.

Here is the full list of the winners:

Best Feature

  • 12 Years a Slave – Winner
  • All Is Lost
  • Frances Ha
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska

Best Director

  • Shane Carruth – Upstream Color
  • J.C. Chandor – All Is Lost
  • Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave – Winner
  • Jeff Nichols – Mud
  • Alexander Payne – Nebraska

Best Screenplay

  • Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine
  • Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, & Richard Linklater – Before Midnight
  • Nicole Holofcener – Enough Said
  • Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – The Spectacular Now
  • John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave – Winner

Best Female Lead

  • Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine – Winner
  • Julie Delpy – Before Midnight
  • Gaby Hoffmann – Crystal Fairy
  • Brie Larson – Short Term 12
  • Shailene Woodley – The Spectacular Now

Best Male Lead

  • Bruce Dern – Nebraska
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
  • Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
  • Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club – Winner
  • Robert Redford – All Is Lost

Best Supporting Female

  • Melonie Diaz – Fruitvale Station
  • Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
  • Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave – Winner
  • Yolanda Ross – Go for Sisters
  • June Squibb – Nebraska

Best Supporting Male

  • Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
  • Will Forte – Nebraska
  • James Gandolfini – Enough Said
  • Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club – Winner
  • Keith Stanfield – Short Term 12

Best First Feature

  • Blue Caprice
  • Concussion
  • Fruitvale Station – Winner
  • Una Noche
  • Wadjda

Best First Screenplay

  • Lake Bell – In a World…
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Don Jon
  • Bob Nelson – Nebraska – Winner
  • Jill Soloway – Afternoon Delight
  • Michael Starrbury – The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

Best Cinematography

  • Sean Bobbitt – 12 Years a Slave – Winner
  • Benoit Debie – Spring Breakers
  • Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Frank G. Demarco – All Is Lost
  • Matthias Grunsky – Computer Chess

Best Editing

  • Shane Carruth and David Lowery – Upstream Color
  • Jem Cohen and Marc Vives – Museum Hours
  • Jennifer Lame – Frances Ha
  • Cindy Lee – Una Noche
  • Nat Sanders – Short Term 12 – Winner

Best Documentary

  • 20 Feet from Stardom – Winner
  • After Tiller
  • Gideon’s Army
  • The Act of Killing
  • The Square

Best International Film

  • A Touch of Sin – China
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color – France – Winner
  • Gloria – Chile
  • The Great Beauty – Italy
  • The Hunt – Denmark

John Cassavetes Award for films made under $500,000

  • Computer Chess
  • Crystal Fairy
  • Museum Hours
  • Pit Stop
  • This Is Martin Bonner – Winner
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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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