Black Swan Cleans Up at 2011 Independent Spirt Awards

From the looks of things this year’s Spirit Awards could have easily been renamed the Fox Searchlight Spirit Awards, as it was almost complete domination by 20th Century Fox’s independent arm. Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced the winners on Saturday, the eve before the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The show was hosted by Joel McHale, of NBC’s Community and E!’s Talk Soup.

The following is a complete list of the winners:

Best Feature
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)
Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)

Best Screenplay
The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)
Writers: Stuart Blumberg & Lisa Cholodenko

Best First Feature
Get Low (Sony Pictures Classics)
Director: Aaron Schneider; Producers: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck

Best First Screenplay
Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture (IFC Films)

John Cassavetes Award
(For the best feature made under $500,000)
Daddy Longlegs (IFC Films)
Writers/Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie; Producers: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott

Best Supporting Female
Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions)

Best Supporting Male
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions)

Best Female
Natalie Portman, Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)

Best Male
James Franco, 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight)

Best Cinematography
Matthew Libatique, Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)

Best Foreign Film
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company)
Director: Tom Hooper

Best Documentary
Exit Through The Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency)

So doing the math, of the thirteen winners you have a total of nine Oscar nominees. While four Spirit Awards do little to help Black Swan‘s chances at Oscars, at least it got the attention it will surely lack by Academy voters.

Source: Film Independent

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