Independent Spirit Awards Winners!
by Alex Billington
February 23, 2008
The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they won't be receiving at the Oscars. The winners were announced today, a mere 24 hours before the Oscars, and deserve some extra special honor and recognition here on FS.net. All of the films listed below are some of the best you'll find all year, the winners being especially fantastic. Make sure you give some of these a chance, or if you already have, then make sure to tell your friends all about the winners listed below, because you won't want to miss them.
I haven't seen every one of these, but I've seen most (thanks to attending the Toronto Film Fest and a keen eye on the good indies that come my way). Winners are listed in BOLD below.
You'll notice the [IMDb] link next to each one. This is so you can explore and discover, because there is guaranteed to be a movie you've never heard of on this list.
Todd Haynes - I'm Not There [IMDb]
Tamara Jenkins - The Savages [IMDb]
Jason Reitman - Juno [IMDb]
WINNER: Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [IMDb]
Gus Van Sant - Paranoid Park [IMDb]
BEST MALE LEAD
Pedro Castaneda - August Evening [IMDb]
Don Cheadle - Talk To Me [IMDb]
WINNER: Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Savages [IMDb]
Frank Langella - Starting Out in the Evening [IMDb]
Tony Leung - Lust, Caution [IMDb]
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
WINNER: Chiwetel Ejiofor - Talk To Me [IMDb]
Marcus Carl Franklin - I'm Not There [IMDb]
Kene Holliday - Great World of Sound [IMDb]
Irrfan Khan - The Namesake [IMDb]
Steve Zahn - Rescue Dawn [IMDb]
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
WINNER: Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There [IMDb]
Anna Kendrick - Rocket Science [IMDb]
Jennifer Jason Leigh - Margot at the Wedding [IMDb]
Tamara Podemski - Four Sheets to the Wind [IMDb]
Marisa Tomei - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead [IMDb]
Ronald Harwood - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [IMDb]
WINNER: Tamara Jenkins - The Savages [IMDb]
Fred Parnes & Andrew Wagner - Starting Out in the Evening [IMDb]
Adrienne Shelly - Waitress [IMDb]
Mike White - Year of the Dog [IMDb]
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Jeffrey Blitz - Rocket Science [IMDb]
Zoe Cassavetes - Broken English [IMDb]
WINNER: Diablo Cody - Juno [IMDb]
Kelly Masterson - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead [IMDb]
John Orloff - A Mighty Heart [IMDb]
Mott Hupfel - The Savages [IMDb]
WINNER: Janusz Kaminski - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [IMDb]
Milton Kam - Vanaja [IMDb]
Mihai Malaimare, Jr. - Youth Without Youth [IMDb]
Rodrigo Prieto - Lust, Caution [IMDb]
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
WINNER: I'm Not There, Directed by Todd Haynes
Congrats to Juno! After this display, I'm really wondering whether Juno could be the surprise big winner at the Oscars. Same with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Will it creep up and take director and cinematography at the Oscars tomorrow, too? I certainly hope not, but we'll see!
Glad to see The Lookout and Once finally get some love.
Zach D. on Feb 24, 2008
Stabmaster Arson on Feb 24, 2008
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