2009 Independent Spirit Awards Winners Announced
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 necessarily be receiving at the Oscars tomorrow. The winners were announced earlier tonight at the ceremony held on the beach in Santa Monica. Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler took home the most awards, a total of three, for Best Cinematography, Best Actor, and Best Feature. The rest of the winners couldn't be more deserving and I expect I'll end up liking these winners more than those that are chosen tomorrow night at the Oscars.
You'll notice an [IMDb] link next to each film. This is so you can explore and discover great new films, because there is guaranteed to be at least one you've never heard of in here. Read on for the complete list of nominees and winners from the 24th Independent Spirit Awards. Winners are designated in BOLD.
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Summer Bishil - Towelhead [IMDb]
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married [IMDb]
Melissa Leo - Frozen River [IMDb]
Tarra Riggs - Ballast [IMDb]
Michelle Williams - Wendy and Lucy [IMDb]
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona [IMDb]
Rosemarie DeWitt - Rachel Getting Married [IMDb]
Rosie Perez - The Take [IMDb]
Misty Upham - Frozen River [IMDb]
Debra Winger - Rachel Getting Married [IMDb]
Woody Allen - Vicky Cristina Barcelona [IMDb]
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck - Sugar [IMDb]
Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, New York [IMDb]
Howard A. Rodman - Savage Grace [IMDb]
Christopher Zalla - Sangre De Mi Sangre [IMDb]
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black - Milk [IMDb]
Lance Hammer - Ballast [IMDb]
Courtney Hunt - Frozen River [IMDb]
Jonathan Levine - The Wackness [IMDb]
Jenny Lumet - Rachel Getting Married [IMDb]
For last year's list of nominees and winners, which included Juno, The Lookout, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, click right here. A very big indie congratulations to all of this year's winners and nominees!
Reader Feedback - 13 Comments
Aronofsky looks so skeevy with that moustache.
Fuelbot on Feb 21, 2009
god i hate "The Wrestler" and Mickey Rourke soooo damn much *shakes fist*
RoarSaysAlex on Feb 21, 2009
i will meet roarsaysalex anywhere anytime for an old fashion fist fight which i will guarantee victory in right now
Jont on Feb 21, 2009
i dont like mickey either, but his performance was awesome
Scott McHenry on Feb 21, 2009
I would have rather seen Wendy and Lucy win some :)... Or Rachel Getting Married. In The Wrestler it seemed like Mickey Rourke was just playing himself, if he was a old-wrestler... Wasnt that amazing in my opinion. The Class is a great movie and it sure deserved the best foireign movie award! I think Waltz with Bashir gonna take the academy award, so good that The Class gets this one! Melissa Leo deserved the win, but Anne Hathaway would have been my ping. James Franco also deserved the win! I dont get why hes not even nominated for the oscar. The Visitor was also a real nice experience, so im glad Tom McCarthy won the director prize.
max on Feb 22, 2009
Oh man these are so much nicer then the inevitable Slumdog Suckfest we're going to get tonight. Ugh. Fantastic to see McCarthy get some recognition for The Visitor, same for Synecdoche. Those were easily the two best films I saw this year, it's a not-at-all-surprising shame they aren't getting any Oscar love, outside of a much-deserved nod for Richard Jenkins. (The Wrestler was very good though, deserving of it's wins for sure, it's at least a hell of a lot better then Slumdog Millionaire. Meh).
Matt on Feb 22, 2009
Also, Aronofsky looks like fat David Arquette in Scream, aka fucking gnarbone.
Matt on Feb 22, 2009
I got IFC channel this year (thanks Comcast) and found this show so much more entertaining than any other. It was very laid back, totally live, and unedited. After the show it was nice to see the celebs mingle. The acceptance speeches were short, funny, and seemingly truthful. Also I like the celebs performing made up songs about the movies. While oinly one or two were ok, I have a feeling it will be better than what Jackman, Beyonce, Efron and Hudgens are about to do tonight.
Ryan on Feb 22, 2009
This is more of what it should look like.
sumonesumtime on Feb 22, 2009
I'm sooooo glad to see In Search of a Midnight Kiss take home an award. That film was phenomenal and had heart unlike anything I've seen in the past 5 years.
peloquin on Feb 22, 2009
agreed with #6. fuck slumdog millionare.
Johnny on Feb 22, 2009
Listen, James Franco was tearing out the door with 'Milk' until somebody said 'Don't look now Sean,that Franco kid is stealing your movie. Ugly him up and get him out of there!' So I'm very happy he won this. But if there any real justice, he would have been going toe to toe with Penn, Rourke, Langella and the rest of them for Best Actor/Pineapple Express! Anne Siebenhoven firstname.lastname@example.org
Anne Siebenhoven on Feb 23, 2009
Kind of boring to hear this award show "and the winner is... *sigh* The Wrestler ... again"
Hand Knotted Rugs on Feb 24, 2009
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