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The 2011 Spirit Awards: Queen Amidala and the Guy Who Will Direct Wolverine 2 Rewarded for their Independent Spirit

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 27, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 27, 2011 |

The 2011 Spirit Awards, which celebrates the best in Independent Film, gave its top award to a movie that’s made over $100 million (on robust $13 million budget), best actress to Queen Amidala, best actor to Harry Osborne, and best director to the guy who will direct Wolverine 2. Black Swan had a great night, which means that so did Rupert Murdoch. These days, even the Spirit Awards are less about introducing amazing unheralded films to wider audiences and more about affirming popular tastes.

At least Winter’s Bone and Tiny Furniture received some recognition, too.

Here are your winners.

Best Feature
Black Swan

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

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 Foreign Film
The King’s Speech

Best Documentary
Exit Through The Gift Shop

Best Screenplay
Stuart Blumberg & Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right

Best First Feature
Aaron Schneider, Get Low

Best First Screenplay
Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture

John Cassavetes Award (For the best feature made under $500,000)
Daddy Longlegs

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