Melissa Leo among Method honorees


Melissa Leo won the Geraldine Page Award for best actress for her work in "Lullaby" and Richard Jenkins took the John Garfield Award for best actor for "The Visitor" at the 10th annual Method Fest's awards ceremony Thursday in Calabasas, Calif.

Leo also was honored with the fest's Maverick Award, while Jenkins was recognized with a career achievement award.

The City of Calabasas Jury Award for best picture went to Peter Duncan's "Unfinished Sky" as the prizes were handed out at the Viewpoint School's Carlson Family Theatre. Dylan Reynolds' "Chain Link" captured the audience award for best picture.

Tom McCarthy, who helmed "Visitor," was named best feature film director. Rick Bieber took best screenplay honors for "Crazy."

"The Visitor's" Danai Gurira was named best supporting actress, while John Saxon was named best supporting actor for "God's Ears." "Familiar Strangers," starring Shawn Hatosy, DJ Qualls, Cam┬Čeron Richardson, Ann Dowd, Nikki Reed and Tom Bower, claimed the prize for best ensemble cast.

The Corona Maverick Award for high quality in low budget filmmaking went to "Harrison Montgomery," directed by Daniel Davila. "Corpo," from Brazil, was hailed as best foreign film.