Independent Films Take Home 15 Academy Award Wins

February 27, 2017
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) is pleased to announce that independent films took home 15 wins at last night’s 89th Academy Awards accounting for 71% of the awards in 21 feature film categories. Oscar winners Moonlight, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Hacksaw Ridge, Arrival and The Salesman are all independent having been produced and sold territory-by-territory outside of the six major Hollywood studios.
Below is the full list of the independent films that took home statues at the 89th Oscars®: (*Companies listed are IFTA Members.)
Best Picture: Moonlight
Actor in a Leading Role: Manchester by the Sea, Casey Affleck (Sierra/Affinity) 
Actress in a Leading Role: La La Land, Emma Stone (Lionsgate / Summit) 
Actor in a Supporting: Moonlight, Mahershala Ali 
Directing: La La Land, Damien Chazelle (Lionsgate / Summit)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Moonlight, Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Writing (Original Screenplay): Manchester by the Sea, Kenneth Lonergan (Sierra/Affinity) 
Cinematography: La La Land, Linus Sandgren (Lionsgate / Summit) 
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman, Iran 
Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge, John Gilbert (Lionsgate / Summit, IM Global) 
Music (Original Score): La La Land, Justin Hurwitz (Lionsgate / Summit) 
Music (Original Song): La La Land, “City of Stars” (Lionsgate / Summit) 
Production Design: La La Land (Lionsgate / Summit)
Sound Editing: Arrival, Sylvain Bellemare (FilmNation) 
Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge (Lionsgate / Summit, IM Global)
About the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 145 member companies from 22 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance.
Collectively, the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4 billion in distribution revenues annually. The organization’s premiere event, the American Film Market, held in conjunction with AFI Fest, takes place every year in November in Santa Monica.
As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA and the American Film Market, please visit