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Some of Hollywood's biggest names flocked to Santa Monica for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the best in 2019's independent filmmaking. The 35th annual ceremony took place in a shady beachside tent mere steps from the sand and surf, and Aubrey Plaza returned as host for the second year in a row.
Lulu Wang's The Farewell took home the top prize, best feature, while brothers Josh and Benny Safdie won the award for best director for their film Uncut Gems, which tied with The Lighthouse for the most nominations. Booksmart won best first feature honors, while American Factory, the first filmed backed by the Obamas' production company, Higher Ground, was named best documentary.
In the acting categories, Uncut Gems' Adam Sandler was tapped as best actor; Judy's Renee Zellweger took home the trophy for best actress; The Lighthouse's Willem Dafoe was named best supporting actor; and The Farewell writer-director Lulu Wang accepted best supporting actress honors on Zhao Shuzhen's behalf.
Marriage Story was pre-selected for the Robert Altman Award, which honors a film's director, casting directors and ensemble cast.
From Plaza's opening monologue to some star-studded parodies, The Hollywood Reporter has rounded up all of the highlifhts from the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards — including the night's most powerful moments and every big surprise.
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