Idris Elba Wins IFC Independent Spirit Award for Beasts of No Nation
Idris Elba beat out Kevin Corrigan (Results), Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) Richard Jenkins (Bone Tomahawk) and Michael Shannon (99 Homes) to take home the best supporting male actor award from the IFC Independent Spirit
Here’s to our Sierra Leonean- Ghanaian brother, Idris Elba, who took home the best supporting male award at the Independent Spirit Awards this past weekend.
The 31st Independent Spirit Awards, by the premiere awarding body for the independent film community, IFC, also honored such films as Spotlight, Room and Carol. Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, also produces the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA.
Elba beat out Kevin Corrigan (Results), Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) Richard Jenkins (Bone Tomahawk) and Michael Shannon (99 Homes). The film’s lead actor, Abraham Attah took home the best male lead award that night as well. The Netflix film was also nominated for best feature and best cinematography.
When Elba took the stage for his acceptance speech, he took his 15-year-old co-star along with him. Celebrating Beasts director’s persistence, Elba said, “Everyone said no to him, but he kept it going. That’s why we’re all here celebrating this film.”
He also highlighted Attah, saying, “I want to share this award with Abraham. [He] is an amazing talent and has never done it before — so this is with you, I share this. I couldn’t have done it without you.”
Beasts of No Nation, now on Netflix, is the story of a West African child soldier.