Full List of Winners for 2009 Independent Spirit Awards

Announcing the Winners: The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards

This year the Film Independent's Spirit Awards spread the love around, dealing out prizes to a wide range of projects. The Wrestler was a big winner at today's ceremony, snagging several of the major awards including Best Feature, Best Male Lead for Mickey Rourke, and even Best Cinematography. Vicky Christina Barcelona's star Penelope Cruz began what many hope will be an awards filled weekend for her, winning for Best Supporting Female.


Her director, Woody Allen, took home an award for Best Screenplay. Milk received its share of accolades as well including a Best Supporting Male prize for James Franco and a Best First Screenplay award going to young up-and-comer Dustin Lance Black.

I really enjoyed The Class and am thrilled it won in the foreign film category. Interestingly, Rachel Getting Married didn't win much despite leading in nominations. Finally, Synecdoche, New York, a movie virtually ignored by the Oscars, walked away with several prizes including Best First Feature.

Don't forget an edited version of the ceremony will air tonight on AMC at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. That's it folks! Next stop: Oscars! To check out the winners for yourself, read more.

BEST FEATURE
The Wrestler

BEST DIRECTOR
Tom McCarthy (The Visitor)

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Spike Jonze, Charlie
Kaufman, Sidney Kimmel

BEST MALE LEAD
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Melissa Leo (Frozen River)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
James Franco (Milk)

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black (Milk)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler)

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)
In Search of a Midnight Kiss

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Man on Wire

FOREIGN FILM
The Class (France)

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
Ensemble Cast: Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Williams

IFC/ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Lynn Shelton, director of My Effortless Brilliance

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