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The 31st Independent Film Spirit Awards provided a clear rebuke to the less diverse Oscars, bestowing awards on "Beasts of No Nation" co-stars Idris Elba and Abraham Attah and "Tangerine" star Mya Taylor, making her the first transgender actress to win at the annual awards. The newsroom drama "Spotlight" was the big winner at the Spirits Saturday, the day before it's to compete for best picture at the Academy Awards. Tom McCarthy's film about the Boston Globe investigation into sex abuse by Catholic priests won a leading four awards, including best picture, best director for McCarthy, best screenplay and the Robert Altman Award for ensemble.Neither Elba, Attah nor Taylor was even nominated for Oscars."Spotlight" was the only best picture nominee up for the Spirits' top award.Without the competition of "The Revenant" or "The Big Short," the wins for "Spotlight" likely don't suggest any better fortunes for the film at the Oscars.
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