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