31st Independent Spirit Awards

The 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards announced its nominees on November 24, 2015.[1] The winners were announced on February 27, 2016 at Santa Monica Beach.[2] The ceremony was hosted by Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani.[3]

31st Independent Spirit Awards
Awarded forBest in independent film
DateFebruary 27, 2016
SiteSanta Monica Pier
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Hosted byKate McKinnon
Kumail Nanjiani
Best FeatureSpotlight
Most awardsSpotlight (5)
Most nominationsCarol (6)
Television coverage

Winners and nomineesEdit

Tom McCarthy, Best Director winner and Best Screenplay co-winner
Abraham Attah, Best Male Lead winner
Brie Larson, Best Female Lead winner
Idris Elba, Best Supporting Male winner
Emma Donoghue, Best First Screenplay winner
Best Feature Best Director


Tom McCarthySpotlight

Best Male Lead Best Female Lead

Abraham AttahBeasts of No Nation

Brie LarsonRoom

Best Supporting Male Best Supporting Female

Idris ElbaBeasts of No Nation

Mya TaylorTangerine

Best Screenplay Best First Screenplay

Tom McCarthy and Josh SingerSpotlight

Emma DonoghueRoom

Best First Feature Best Documentary Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The Look of Silence

Best Cinematography Best Editing

Edward LachmanCarol

Tom McArdleSpotlight

Best International Film

Son of Saul (Hungary)

Films with multiple nominations and awardsEdit

Films that won multiple awards
Awards Film
5 Spotlight
2 Beasts of No Nation

Special awardsEdit

John Cassavetes AwardEdit


Robert Altman Award (Best Ensemble)Edit

(The award is given to its film director, casting director, and ensemble cast)

Acura Someone to Watch AwardEdit

Recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Kiehl's since 1851.

Piaget Producers AwardEdit

Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

Truer than Fiction AwardEdit

Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.


  1. ^ "'Carol,' 'Spotlight,' 'Beasts of No Nation' Lead Spirit Awards Nominations". Film Independent. 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  2. ^ Erbland, Kate (27 February 2016). "Full List of All 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners". IndieWire. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  3. ^ Terrero, Nina (7 January 2016). "Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani to host Independent Spirit Awards". ew.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016.