Regina King to Glenn Close: Watch the Most Memorable Speeches From the 2019 Spirit Awards

5:18 PM 2/23/2019

by Annie Howard

Other big winners included Barry Jenkins for best director and Boots Riley for best first feature.

Regina King (left), Glenn Close
Regina King (left), Glenn Close
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At Saturday's 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, comedian turned writer-director Bo Burnham scored his first Spirit Award for first screenplay for his critically acclaimed film Eighth Grade; Barry Jenkins returned to pick up his second best director award, this time for If Beale Street Could Talk (he previously won for Moonlight); and helmers Alfonso Cuaron and Boots Riley both took home awards, Cuaron for best international film for Roma and Riley for best first feature for Sorry to Bother You.

Actresses Glenn Close and Regina King, the favorites to win Oscars on Sunday, each took home their first Spirit Awards, Close for her leading role in The Wife and King for her supporting role in Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk. Richard E. Grant's win was the first of two for Can You Ever Forgive Me? (the film also took home the prize for best screenplay), as the actor picked up his first Spirit Award for his supporting role, starring alongside Melissa McCarthy.

Watch the most memorable speeches from the ceremony below, and see a complete list of winners here.

  • Glenn Close

    Best female lead, 'The Wife'

  • Richard E. Grant

    Best supporting male, 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

  • Regina King

    Best supporting female, 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

  • Bo Burnham

    Best first screenplay, 'Eighth Grade'

  • Barry Jenkins

    Best director, 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

  • Alfonso Cuaron

    Best international film, 'Roma'

  • Boots Riley

    First time feature, 'Sorry to Bother You'