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25th Independent Spirit Awards Winners - Precious Sweeps!

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March 5, 2010
Source: indieWIRE

Independent Spirit Awards - Precious Director Lee Daniels

The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they won't necessarily be receiving at the Oscars. The winners were announced tonight at an awards ceremony held in Downtown Los Angeles (different from the beach this year). Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire won all 5 awards in all of the categories that it was nominated for, sweeping the Spirit Awards this year, including the coveted Best Feature award. A lot of other great indie film winners can be found below, so read on for the complete list!

You'll notice an [IMDb] link next to each film. This is so you can discover great new films, because there is guaranteed to be at least one film you've never heard of in here. Read on for a complete list of nominees and winners from the 25th Independent Spirit Awards. Winners from each category are designated in BOLD.

BEST FEATURE
500 Days Of Summer [IMDb]
Amreeka [IMDb]
Precious [IMDb]
Sin Nombre [IMDb]
The Last Station [IMDb]

BEST FIRST FEATURE
A Single Man [IMDb]
Crazy Heart [IMDb]
Easier With Practice [IMDb]
Paranormal Activity [IMDb]
The Messenger [IMDb]

BEST DIRECTOR
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - A Serious Man [IMDb]
Lee Daniels - Precious [IMDb]
Cary Fukunaga - Sin Nombre [IMDb]
James Gray - Two Lovers [IMDb]
Michael Hoffman - The Last Station [IMDb]

BEST MALE LEAD
Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart [IMDb]
Colin Firth - A Single Man [IMDb]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - 500 Days Of Summer [IMDb]
Souléymane Sy Savané - Goodbye Solo [IMDb]
Adam Scott - The Vicious Kind [IMDb]

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Maria Bello - Downloading Nancy [IMDb]
Helen Mirren - The Last Station [IMDb]
Gwentyth Paltrow - Two Lovers [IMDb]
Gabourey Sidibe - Precious [IMDb]
Nisreen Faour - Amreeka [IMDb]

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Jemaine Clement - Gentleman Broncos [IMDb]
Woody Harrelson - The Messenger [IMDb]
Christian McKay - Me and Orson Welles [IMDb]
Raymond McKinnon - That Evening Sun [IMDb]
Christopher Plummer - The Last Station [IMDb]

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Dina Korzun - Cold Souls [IMDb]
Mo'Nique - Precious [IMDb]
Samantha Morton - The Messenger [IMDb]
Natalie Press - Fifty Dead Men Walking [IMDb]
Mia Wasikowska - That Evening Sun [IMDb]

BEST SCREENPLAY
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman - The Messenger [IMDb]
Michael Hoffman - The Last Station [IMDb]
Lee Toland Krieger - The Vicious Kind [IMDb]
Greg Mottola - Adventureland [IMDb]
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber - 500 Days Of Summer [IMDb]

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Sophie Barthes - Cold Souls [IMDb]
Scott Cooper - Crazy Heart [IMDb]
Cherien Dabis - Amreeka [IMDb]
Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious [IMDb]
Tom Ford & David Scearce - A Single Man [IMDb]

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins - A Serious Man [IMDb]
Adriano Goldman - Sin Nombre [IMDb]
Anne Misawa - Treeless Mountain [IMDb]
Andrij Parekh - Cold Souls [IMDb]
Peter Zeitlinger - Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans [IMDb]

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Anvil! The Story of Anvil [IMDb]
Food, Inc. [IMDb]
More Than a Game [IMDb]
October Country [IMDb]
Which Way Home [IMDb]

BEST FOREIGN FILM
A Prophet (France) [IMDb]
An Education (UK/France) [IMDb]
Everlasting Moments (Sweden) [IMDb]
Mother (South Korea) [IMDb]
The Maid (Chile) [IMDb]

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Best feature made for less than $500,000.
Big Fan [IMDb]
Humpday [IMDb]
The New Year Parade [IMDb]
Treeless Mountain [IMDb]
Zero Bridge [IMDb]

For last year's list of nominees and winners, which included The Wrestler, Milk, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and The Visitor, just click here. I'm not really sure if these are an early indication of what's to come at the Oscars in a few days. The Spirit Awards usually choose good winners, but they're not always representative of what happens at the Oscars, mainly because half of the films here weren't even nominated at the Oscars. The Hurt Locker wasn't in contention because it originally showed at film festivals in 2008. But I am happy to see 500 Days of Summer win! A very big indie congratulations to all of this year's winners & nominees!

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  • People's Champ
    That's cool Woody won. He's really good in Messenger. If it wasnt for Waltz in I.B. I would be rooting for Harrelson Sunday night.
  • http://www.twitter.com/barnabybarrilla Barnaby Barrilla
    So glad for Woody. Congrats to all the winners as well. Precious was amazing
  • MrDogbert
    No moon?
  • Cody W
    So moon didnt get nominated for anything?
  • Shane
    Alex, The Coen's picked up the Robert Altman Award for "A Serious Man", which I believe goes for ensemble cast or something.
  • http://iconocritic.com peloquin
    Anyone know how The Last Station or Evening Sun was? I've been wanting to watch those 2, but didn't know if they were worth the time.
  • Daniel Felts
    Moon should atleast be nominated. That movie was great.
  • Twilightisgay.com
    So one man films a bunch of african americans being themselves aka worthless and he gets a bunch of awards, gg hollywood
  • JJ Abrams
    Eddie Izzard was painfully awful.

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