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Spirit Awards 2008 winners

Juno.jpgThe winners of the Film Independent's 2008 Spirit Awards have been announced, and these are perhaps the most interesting set of awards we're seeing this year.

When ceremonies are following ceremonies like sheep, it's good to see some talent being appreciated, whatever the hype or star power behind them.

The Spirit Awards have shown recognition to Philip Seymour Hoffman of The Savages (Filmstalker review) which I do agree with, but I would have liked to have seen Laura Linney up there too. Looking through the list they all seem deserving, and there isn't one that I'd think "Hollywood bandwagon" on.

Okay, maybe Juno, but you know what, just because it saw some recognition doesn't mean it isn't a great film and deserving of it.

Great recognition for Chiwetel Ejiofor too, something that he needs much more of, what a superb actor he is.

Here are the winners through EOnline and Yahoo News:

Best Feature: Juno
Best Male Lead: Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Savages
Best Female Lead: Ellen Page, Juno
Best Supporting Male: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Talk to Me
Best Supporting Female: Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There
Best Director: Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Screenplay: Tamara Jenkins, The Savages
Best First Feature: The Lookout
Best First Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno
Best Foreign Film: Once (Ireland)
Best Documentary: Crazy Love
John Cassavetes Award: August Evening
Robert Altman Award: I'm Not There
Acura Someone to Watch Award: Ramin Bahrani, director, Chop Shop
Piaget Producers Award: Neil Kopp, producer, Paranoid Park and Old Joy
IFC Truer Than Fiction Award: Laura Dunn, director, The Unforeseen



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