The Wrestler beats down the competition at the Independent Spirit Awards!

Posted on 22 February 2009 by ShepRamsey

Darren Aronofsky won three Independent Spirit Awards, including ones for Best Feature and Mickey Rourke for Best Actor in a terrific night for Aronofsky’s excellent The Wrestler. The awards ceremony took place earlier tonight, just one day before the Acacdemy Awards, as is traditional for the Spirit Awards.

The Wrestler won the top prize, beating out Ballast, Frozen River, Rachel Getting Married, and Wendy and Lucy and Rourke managed to best fellow Oscar nominees Sean Penn for wrestler3Milk and Richard Jenkins for The Visitor, whose director Thomas McCarthy won for his work on the picture. Hopefully Rourke’s win here bodes well for his possible win tomorrow night!

Other notable wins include Charlie Kaufman’s win for Best First Feature for his outstanding directorial debut, Synecdoche New York, Dustin Lance Black (also Oscar nominated and a likely winner, too) for his Milk script, Woody Allen for his Vicky Cristina Barcelona script, (which also won for Best Supporing Female for Penelope Cruz) and Man on Wire for Best Documentary.

See below for the full list of winners.

Best Feature: The Wrestler

Best Female Lead: Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Male Lead: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Supporting Female: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Supporting Male: James Franco, Milk

Best Director: Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor

Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best First Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best Cinematography: Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

Best First Feature: Synecdoche, New York

Best Foreign Film: The Class

Best Documentary: Man on Wire

John Cassavetes Award: In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Truer Than Fiction Award: The Order of Myths

Someone to Watch Award: Lynne Shelton, My Effortless Brilliance

Producers Award: Heather Rae, Frozen River and Ibid                           

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Quaid Says:

    W00t! Good to know Aronofsky is getting love somewhere.

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