12 Years a Slave Dominates at Spirit Awards

    The Steve McQueen directed 12 Years a Slave won in five of the seven categories for which it was nominated at the 29th annual Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles Saturday. The film racked up last minute accolades on the road to the Academy Awards, including Best Feature and Best Director for Steve McQueen.

    12 Years a Slave producer Dede Gardner thanked the many people involved in making the movie, including fellow producer Brad Pitt and the descendants Solomon Northup.

    “It’s a reminder to care-take our freedom,” she said.

    Matthew McConaughey won best male lead for his role in Dallas Buyers’ Club‘s while Jared Leto won for best supporting male. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler won the award for best first feature. The Independent Spirit Awards will air Sunday at 10pm ET/PT on IFC.  Below is an abbreviated listing of the winners.

    BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
    Bob NelsonNebraska

    BEST FIRST FEATURE
    Fruitvale Station

    BEST EDITING
    Nat SandersShort Term 12

    ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
    Mud

    BEST SCREENPLAY
    John Ridley12 Years a Slave

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    Sean Bobbitt12 Years a Slave

    BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
    Lupita Nyong’o12 Years a Slave

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Steve McQueen12 Years a Slave

    BEST FEATURE
    12 Years a Slave