UPDATED with details:Birdman snagged Best Feature today at the 30th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards. The win in the final category gave it three trophies, breaking the four-way tie with Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Whiplash, the only other pics with multiple wins under the tent at Santa Monica beach. Birdman star Michael Keaton won Best Male Lead, and Julianne Moore cemented her Oscar front-runner status with the Best Female Lead win for Still Alice.
Richard Linklater won Best Director for his 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood, setting up an Academy Award showdown with Birdman helmer Alejandro G. Inarritu, who took the DGA Award two weeks ago. Linklater wasn’t at the ceremony, so Ethan Hawke — who has made eight films with the director including Boyhood — accepted for him. Two other Oscar favorites won the supporting acting hardware: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash and Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.
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