'Black Swan' Takes Four Prizes at the Independent Spirit Awards

4:27 PM PST 02/26/2011 by Jay A. Fernandez
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James Franco, "The Kids Are All Right," "Winter's Bone" and "Tiny Furniture" scribe Lena Dunham are also among winners.

2011 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners:

BEST FEATURE 

Black Swan
Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver


BEST DIRECTOR 

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

BEST SCREENPLAY 

Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko- The Kids Are All Right

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

Get Low
Director: Aaron Schneider
Producers: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck


BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY 

Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.
Daddy Longlegs
Writer/Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Producers: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott


BEST FEMALE LEAD 

Natalie Portman- Black Swan

BEST MALE LEAD

James Franco, 127 Hours

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Dale Dickey- Winter's Bone

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

John Hawkes- Winter's Bone


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Matthew Libatique- Black Swan

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director) 

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Director: Banksy


BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director) 

The King's Speech 
(United Kingdom)
Director: Tom Hooper


ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film's director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

Please Give
Director: Nicole Holofcener


Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy 

Ensemble Cast: Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele


ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD –Recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Acura.

Mike Ott,
 Littlerock



AVEENO® TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by AVEENO®
Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol


PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – Honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Anish Savjani, Meek's Cutoff

Additional reporting by Stacey Wilson, Gregg Kilday, Lindsay Powers and Sofia M. Fernandez.

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