‘The Lost Daughter’ Wins Best Film at the Independent Spirit Awards

“The Lost Daughter,” “Drive My Car” and “Summer of Soul” were the dominating films at Sunday’s 37th Spirit Independent Film Awards.

Hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, the event was held in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica, and was broadcast on AMC and IFC channels. The awards are fairly casual compared to other, more traditional film award shows.

“If you don’t win, you can go straight to the beach,” joked Offerman.

Maggie Gyllenhaal won best picture, best director and best screenplay for her adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel “The Lost Daughter.”

“I love independent films,” said Gyllenhaal when he accepted the award.

The Japanese film “Drive My Car,” which was also nominated for best picture at this year’s Oscars, won best international film.

Taylor Paige won the best actress award for her role in the film “Zola,” which was based on a Twitter thread about an exciting trip to Florida.

Simon Rex was named best actor for his role as a former porn star in the film “Red Rocket.”

The Spirit Awards can sometimes predict what will happen to the Academy Awards. Last year, Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” won best film and director Spirit before picking up some of the highest honors at the Oscars. “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” “Birdman” and “12 Years a Slave” have also won Spirit before winning best picture Oscars. [vm/rs]