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Big night for 'Moonlight' at the Independent Spirit Awards

By Karen Butler
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Big night for 'Moonlight' at the Independent Spirit Awards
Director Barry Jenkins attends the 32nd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica on February 25. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The coming-of-age story Moonlight was the big winner at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica.

The film was named Best Feature and its stars were presented with the Robert Altman Award for outstanding ensemble.

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Barry Jenkins, who wrote and helmed the movie, won the Best Director and Screenplay prizes. The drama also earned the honors for Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

Casey Affleck was named Best Male Lead for Manchester by the Sea, Isabelle Huppert Best Female Lead for Elle, Ben Foster Best Supporting Male for Hell or High Water and Molly Shannon Best Supporting Female for Other People.

Robert Eggers' The Witch earned him the accolades for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.

O.J.: Made in America was deemed Best Documentary and Toni Erdmann Best International Film.

The Spirit Awards, traditionally presented the day before the Oscars, recognize excellence in low-budget film-making.

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