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‘Birdman’ Wins Big at Independent Spirit Awards, Cements Oscar Frontrunner Status

Is there was any remaining doubt that Birdman is poised to sweep the 87th Academy Awards tomorrow night, that doubt has likely been swept by the wayside with its latest awards haul.

Birdman won big at the Independent Spirit Awards 2015, earning awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton), and Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki). With three awards to its name, it was the night’s big winner, conquering former Oscar Best Picture frontrunner Boyhood, which earned honors for Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). The movie tied with fellow Best Picture Oscar nominee Whiplash, which won Best Editing (Tom Cross) and Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons).

Boyhood had been the previous Oscar frontrunner in the fall, as the movie swept the critics awards at the start of the season. But Birdman went on to triumph at the three major guilds (SAG, PGA, DGA). These Independent Spirit Award wins suggest that it’s not just guild members who are crazy about the movie, it has a much wider base of support. So while Boyhood may have won the BAFTA and the Globe to go with all its critics prizes, it might not be enough to conquer Birdman tomorrow night. Lord knows, it wasn’t enough here.

That said, these late awards ceremonies have contributed considerably to what has been a wild, unpredictable awards season. Hell, this is likely to be my worst year ever in my official Oscar predictions. But I don’t mind being hilariously wrong in my predictions if it means we get an Oscar race as exciting as this one.

So which films won at the 30th annual Independent Spirit Awards? Check out the full list of winners below:

'Birdman' Wins Big at Independent Spirit Awards, Cements Oscar Frontrunner Status

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INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS 2015 WINNERS

BEST PICTURE
Birdman

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater, Boyhood

BEST ACTOR
Michael Keaton, Birdman

BEST ACTRESS
Julianne Moore, Still Alice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

BEST SCREENPLAY
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman

BEST EDITING
Tom Cross, Whiplash

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Citizenfour

BEST INTERNATIONAL PICTURE
Ida (Poland)

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Nightcrawler

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Justin Simien, Dear White People

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for under $500,000)
Land Ho!

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