'Black Swan' Takes Four Prizes at the Independent Spirit Awards
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:
Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko- The Kids Are All Right
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
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.
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
Matthew Libatique- Black Swan
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)
Exit Through the Gift Shop
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)
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.