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'Moonlight' sweeps Spirit Awards; Affleck wins best actor

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/26/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
Barry Jenkins accepts the Robert Altman award for "Moonlight" at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Barry Jenkins accepts the Robert Altman award for "Moonlight" at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Barry Jenkins' luminous coming-of-age tale "Moonlight" swept the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking home six awards including best picture.

This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film, "Moonlight." The film is nominated for an Oscar for best picture. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP) © The Associated Press This image released by A24 Films shows Alex Hibbert in a scene from the film, "Moonlight." The film is nominated for an Oscar for best picture. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26. (David Bornfriend/A24 via AP)

While "La La Land" is expected to dominate Sunday's Academy Awards, the day before was owned by "Moonlight." The film won for its directing, screenplay, cinematography and editing at the annual indie awards. It was also honored for its ensemble cast in the Spirit Awards' Robert Altman Award.

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017 file photo, Barry Jenkins arrives at the 89th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. With "Fences," ''Hidden Figures," ''Loving" and "Moonlight" in the Oscar mix, #Oscarssowhite may be a thing of the past. Is this a blip or signs of progress? And if there aren't big wins, is it still a win for diversity? (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017 file photo, Barry Jenkins arrives at the 89th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. With "Fences," ''Hidden Figures," ''Loving" and "Moonlight" in the Oscar mix, #Oscarssowhite may be a thing of the past. Is this a blip or signs of progress? And if there aren't big wins, is it still a win for diversity? (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The beachside afternoon ceremony frequently had a strong political tenor. Casey Affleck, who won best actor for "Manchester by the Sea," called the policies of the Trump administration "abhorrent" and said "they will not last."

Molly Shannon poses in the press room with the award for best supporting female for "Other People" at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Molly Shannon poses in the press room with the award for best supporting female for "Other People" at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Best actress went to Isabelle Huppert, the French actress of "Elle," who bested Natalie Portman and Annette Bening.

Isabelle Huppert poses in the press room with the award for best female lead for "Elle" at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Isabelle Huppert poses in the press room with the award for best female lead for "Elle" at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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