Indie Spirit Awards
The weather was cold but rain-free for the IFC’s annual beach bash.
The 26th annual Independent Spirit Awards were not rained out, as many feared they’d be after a deluge the night before, but the stars who converged beachside in Santa Monica for the annual celebration of indie film still had strong words for the weather. “Effing cold!” said Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, whose horror fantasy took home four prizes, including best feature and best female lead for Natalie Portman. Lena Dunham, who won best first screenplay for her quirky comedy Tiny Furniture, agreed. “I’m from New York — I was expecting bikini weather,” she admitted, shivering in an airy sundress as the temperature dipped to a chilly (and windy!) 49 degrees. Before the show, hosted quite colorfully by Community and The Soup star Joel McHale, many guests including presenter Eva Mendes relaxed with signature cocktails inside the Elle magazine-sponsored backstage lounge and greenroom. Still, Film Independent’s annual awards show was all about celebrating great performances including John Hawkes’ and Dale Dickey’s Spirit-winning supporting roles in Winter’s Bone. “I am definitely getting more auditions than before,” Dickey said. “I’m a happy chick.”