Uncut Gems star Adam Sandler shrugged off his Oscars snub as he picked up the best actor gong at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Sandler earned widespread acclaim for his leading role in the frenetic crime drama - with many critics calling it the best performance of his career.

But the praise failed to translate into an Oscar nomination and both he and the film were snubbed by the Academy, whose awards are being held tonight (Sunday) in Los Angeles.

Sandler, who plays the quick-talking New York City jeweller and gambling addict Howard Ratner in Uncut Gems, was recognised at the Spirit Awards, where he was named best male lead.

Accepting the prize at the awards - held in a tent on the Santa Monica beachfront - Sadler joked about his Oscars omission.

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In a comedic voice, he said: "I stand before you trembling with glee as I receive your so-called best actor trophy, independently speaking, of course."

Sandler, reading from a sheet of paper, added: "You know, a few weeks back when I was, quote unquote, 'snubbed' by the Academy, it reminded me of when I attended high school and was overlooked for the coveted yearbook superlative category 'best looking'."

The 53-year-old star of films including Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy and Big Daddy explained he was voted "best personality" in school, adding: "Tonight, as I look around this room, I realise the Independent Spirit Awards are the best personality awards of Hollywood."

And of the Oscar nominees, Sandler said: "Their handsome, good looks will fade in time. Our independent personalities will shine on forever!"

Here's a list of all the winners at the 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards:

Best feature film - The Farewell

Best director - Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie (Uncut Gems)

Best male lead - Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)

Best female lead - Renee Zellweger (Judy)

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Best supporting male - Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse)

Best supporting female - Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell)

Best editing - Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems)

Best documentary - American Factory

Best cinematography - Jarin Blaschke (The Lighthouse)

John Cassavetes Award - Give Me Liberty

Best first screenplay - Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol (See You Yesterday)

Best first feature - Booksmart

Best international film - Parasite

Best screenplay - Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) 

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