Spirit Awards 2015: J.K. Simmons Wins Best Supporting Male

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In his acceptance speech, the 'Whiplash' actor thanked his wife and their "two above-average children."

J.K. Simmons added one more trophy to his case for his heralded performance in Whiplash.

The actor won the Independent Spirit Award for best supporting male, besting fellow nominees Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler),  Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Alfred Molina (Love Is Strange) and Edward Norton (Birdman).

"Everybody who hasn't seen the movie — it's still out there," Simmons said in his acceptance speech. In Whiplash, he plays a menacing drum instructor to a determined music student, played by Miles Teller.

Simmons, who is widely considered the frontrunner for best supporting actor at Sunday's Oscar ceremony, thanked his wife for "being a brilliant mother to our two above-average children, who were not interested enough to bother coming here today."

The 2015 Independent Spirit Awards, which pay tribute to independent filmmaking, were hosted Saturday by Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell.