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on Feb 21, 2009

Film Independent‘s Spirit Awards just concluded in Santa Monica with Darren Aronofsky‘s The Wrestler walking away with Best Feature, Cinematography and Best Male Lead for Mickey Rourke, who did not disappoint when accepting the award (hopefully he kept some material for tomorrow night). Milk won Best Supporting Male (James Franco) and Best First Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black), Frozen River took home the Producer Award (Heather Rae) and Female Lead (Melissa Leo), Vicky Cristina Barcelona also took home two awards (Best Supporting Female for Penélope Cruz and Best Screenplay for Woody Allen) while Tom McCarthy received Best Director for The Visitor. The full list of winners are below.

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List of winners:

Best Feature: The Wrestler

Best Director: Tom McCarthy, The Visitor

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 Documentary: Man on Wire

Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Foreign Film: The Class

Best First Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best First Feature: Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Best Cinematography: Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

John Cassavetes Award: In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Acura Someone to Watch Award: Lynn Shelton, My Effortless Brilliance

Piaget Producers Award: Heather Rae, Frozen River

Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award: Margaret Brown, The Order of Myths

Robert Altman Award:
Charlie Kaufman (Director), Jeanne McCarthy (Casting Director), Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson, Diane Weist, Michelle Williams, Synecdoche, New York

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