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‘The Wrestler’ Wins Big at the 24th Independent Spirit Awards

Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” got an Oscar boost after winning Best Feature in the recently concluded 24th Independent Spirit Awards, dubbed as the Oscars for Indie films.


Oscar shoo-in Mickey Rourke also won Best Actor for the wrestler while “Milk”, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Frozen River” were also honored with other awards.

In 2007, our very own “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros” was nominated for Best Feature from the said award-winning body.

Here is the complete list of winners for 2009:

BEST FEATURE
“The Wrestler”

BEST DIRECTOR
Tom McCarthy, “The Visitor”

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Synecdoche, New York”

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
“In Search of a Midnight Kiss”

BEST SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”

BEST MALE LEAD
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
James Franco, “Milk”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Maryse Alberti, “The Wrester”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Man on Wire”

BEST FOREIGN FILM
“The Class” (Estonia)

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

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Heather Rae, “Frozen River”

ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Lynn Shelton, “My Effortless Brillance”

LACOSTE TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Margaret Brown, “The Order of Myths”

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