Birthday girl Lupita Nyong'o and her movie 12 Years A Slave were the toast of the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California on Saturday (01Mar14).
On the eve of the Oscars, the stars braved torrential rain at the beach and watched Steve MCQueen's movie adaptation of Solomon Northup's slave drama pick up five of the biggest awards, including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Nyong'o).
Otherwise, it was an afternoon of favourites - Cate Blanchett and Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew MCConaughey and Jared Leto picked up the rest of the acting prizes.
But the big talking point was Paula Patton, who made her first red carpet since announcing her marriage split from Robin Thicke.
The full list of winners is:
Best Feature: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Steve MCQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Best Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Best First Feature: Fruitvale Station
Best First Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska
John Cassavetes Award: This Is Martin Bonner
Best Female Lead: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Male Lead: Matthew MCConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave
Best Documentary: 20 Feet from Stardom
Best International Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color
Robert Altman Award: Mud
Piaget Producers Award: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston
Someone to Watch Award: Shaka King, Newlyweeds
Truer than Fiction Award: Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn