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2009 Independent Spirit Award Winners

SpiritAwards.jpgI have to admit, and it's not hard to see, I've not been following the awards this year so publicly. Previously, like other sites, I've been leaping on every single awards ceremony and shouting about it. This year I've only looked at the BAFTA's, since I was officially live blogging the red carpet event and do believe that they are less about the populist side of awards as well as being British, and the Razzies.

There's another award ceremony that deserves a mention though, even through the sea of ceremonies that includes the Alaskan Gaffer Awards, and that's the Independent Spirit Awards. This year, like their other years, they've far away from effects like box office takings and external pressures, and are really about the films and performances.

I do wish that they could have a mainstream awards ceremony that managed to hold onto those ideals, and while the BAFTA's are close, it was evident that this year they were still influenced in ways that independent awards are not.

However, here are the winners for each of the categories along with the nominations for the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards. See what you think, I'm really glad that Milk (Filmstalker review) is finally getting some notice.

Best Feature: The Wrestler
Frozen River
Rachel Getting Married
Wendy and Lucy

Best Director: Tom McCarthy - The Visitor
Ramin Bahrani - Chop Shop
Jonathan Demme - Rachel Getting Married
Lance Hammer - Ballast
Courtney Hunt - Frozen River

Best First Feature: Synecdoche, New York
Medicine for Melancholy
Sangre De Mi Sangre
Sleep Dealer

John Cassavetes Award (Best film under $500,000): In Search of a Midnight Kiss
Prince of Broadway
The Signal
Take Out
Turn the River

Best Screenplay: Woody Allen - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck - Sugar
Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, New York
Howard A. Rodman - Savage Grace
Christopher Zalla - Sangre De Mi Sangre

Best First Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black - Milk
Lance Hammer - Ballast
Courtney Hunt - Frozen River
Jonathan Levine - The Wackness
Jenny Lumet - Rachel Getting Married

Best Female Lead: Melissa Leo - Frozen River
Summer Bishil - Towelhead
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Tarra Riggs - Ballast
Michelle Williams - Wendy and Lucy

Best Male Lead: Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
Javier Bardem - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
Sean Penn - Milk
Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

Best Supporting Female: Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Rosemarie DeWitt - Rachel Getting Married
Rosie Perez - The Take
Misty Upham - Frozen River
Debra Winger - Rachel Getting Married

Best Supporting Male: James Franco - Milk
Anthony Mackie - The Hurt Locker
Charlie McDermott - Frozen River
JimMyron Ross - Ballast
Haaz Sleiman - The Visitor

Best Foreign Film: The Class
Secret of the Grain
Silent Light

Best Documentary: Man on Wire
The Betrayal
Encounters at the End of the World
The Order of Myths
Up the Yangtze

Best Cinematography: Maryse Alberti - The Wrestler
Lol Crawley - Ballast
James Laxton - Medicine for Melancholy
Harris Savides - Milk
Michael Simmonds - Chop Shop

Robert Altman Award (Ensemble): Synecdoche, New York

Piaget Producers Award: Heather Rae - Frozen River, Ibid
Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy - Treeless Mountain, I'll Come Running
Jason Orans - Goodbye Solo, Year of the Fish

Acura Someone to Watch Award: Lynn Shelton - My Effortless Brilliance
Barry Jenkins - Medicine for Melancholy
Nina Paley - Sita Sings the Blues

Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award: Margaret Brown - The Order of Myths
Sacha Gervasi - Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Darius Marder - Loot



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