Little Miss Sunshine and Half Nelson Have Spirit (Awards)


The big ol' Oscars get all of the attention, but the Film Independent Spirit Awards are the a nice little antidote to all of the Academy Awards' grandness. Held on the Saturday night before the Oscars, this year's ceremony honored one major Best Picture nominee (Little Miss Sunshine) and some great little pictures that could, like Half Nelson. Here's a list of the 2007 Spirit Awards winners.

BEST FEATURES
Little Miss Sunshine

BEST DIRECTOR
Jonathon Dayton & Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine

BEST SCREENPLAY
Jason Reitman, Thank You For Smoking

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BEST FIRST FEATURE
Sweet Land

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(For the Best Feature made for under $500,000)
Quinceañera

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Frances McDormand, Friends with Money

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Shareeka Epps, Half Nelson

BEST MALE LEAD
Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Guillermo Navarro, Pan’s Labyrinth

BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Lives of Others

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Road to Guantanamo

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