Adam Sandler Wins Big At Film Independent Spirit Awards 2020

'The Farewell' picked up Best Feature and Best Supporting Actress.

Adam Sandler bagged Best Male Lead at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (Feb 8).

The 53-year-old actor took home the trophy at the awards ceremony, which was held on the beach in Santa Monica, for his work in Uncut Gems, and used his acceptance speech to poke fun at his snub in the category at the Academy Awards, which will take place on Sunday.

He said: "A few weeks back when I got quote-on-quote snubbed by the Oscars, it reminded me when I briefly attended highly and was overlooked for the coveted yearbook superlative 'Best Looking'. That accolade was given to a jean jacket wearing douche bag by the name of Skipper Jenkins, but my classmates did honour me with the allegedly less prestigious 'Best Personality'.

"Let all those douchebag motherf*****s get their Oscar tomorrow night. Their handsome, good looks will fade in time, but our indent personalities will shine on forever!"

Uncut Gems was a big winner on the night, as it also won a Best Director accolade for Safdie brothers Benny and Josh, and the Best Editing award for Ronald Bronstein and Benny Safdie.

Elsewhere in the evening, Renée Zellweger bagged the gong for Best Female Lead for her starring role in Judy Garland biopic Judy, whilst the coveted Best Feature award went to The Farewell.

Marriage Story picked up the Robert Altman Award — which is given to one film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast — whilst the movie's helmer Noah Baumbach also bagged the Best Screenplay trophy.

Willem Dafoe was recognised as Best Supporting Male for The Lighthouse, whilst 'The Farewell star Zhao Shuzhen took home Best Supporting Female.

Film Independent Spirit Awards full winners list:

Best Feature

The Farewell

Best First Feature


Best Director

Benny and Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems

Best Female Lead

Renée Zellweger,Judy

Best Male Lead

Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Best Supporting Female

Zhao Shuzhen, 'The Farewell

Best Supporting Male

Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

Best Screenplay

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story'

Best First Screenplay

Fredrica Bailey and Stefon Bristol, See You Yesterday

Best International Film


Best Documentary

American Factory 

Best Cinematography

The Lighthouse

Best Editing

Uncut Gems

Robert Altman Award

Marriage Story

John Cassavetes Award

Give Me Liberty 

Bonnie Award

Kelly Reichardt

Producers Award

Mollye Asher

Someone to Watch Award

Rashaad Ernesto Green

Truer Than Fiction Award

Nadia Shihab



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