LAUGHING IT UP: James Franco wins Best Actor honours for 127 Hours at the 2011 Independent Film Awards in California on Saturday, a day before he hosts the Academy Awards.
Oscar Best Actress frontrunner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Best Actor nominee (and host) James Franco (127 Hours) walked away with the top acting honours at Saturday's staging of the 2011 Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which took place in Santa Monica, California. Black Swan, one of my most-enjoyed and best-reviewed films of 2010, won all four of its nominations, including Best Feature, beating out Winter’s Bone, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, and Greenberg. Stars of Winter's Bone (a Sundance fave), John Hawkes and Dale Dickey, won the supporting trophies.
Here is the complete list of winners at this year's Spirit Awards:
Best Feature: Black Swan
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Best Screenplay: Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Best Male Lead: James Franco, 127 Hours
Best Supporting Male: John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Female: Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone
Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Robert Altman Award: Please Give
Best First Screenplay: Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
Best First Feature: Get Low
Best Documentary: Exit Through The Gift Shop
Best Foreign Film: The King’s Speech
John Cassavetes Award (best feature made for under $500,000): Daddy Longlegs
Piaget Producers Award: Anish Savjani, Meek’s Cutoff
Someone To Watch Award: Mike Ott, Littlerock
Truer Than Fiction Award: Jeff Maimberg, Marwencol
HAPPY HEART: Natalie Portman gushes to the audience after winning Best Actress for Black Swan at the 2011 Spirit Awards in California.