The mood was Precious on Friday, March 5, at Film Independent’s 2010 Spirit Awards.
Precious took home awards for Best First Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher), Best Director, and Best Feature, as well as Best Lead (Gabourey Sidibe) and Supporting Female (Mo’Nique). (Fletcher and Mo’Nique brought home the gold at Sunday‘s Oscars, as well.) Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber received the award for Best Screenplay for (500) Days Of Summer.
Precious – Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness
Lee Daniels – Precious
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Crazy Heart – Director: Scott Cooper
Producers: T Bone Burnett, Judy Cairo, Rob Carliner, Scott Cooper, Robert Duvall
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber – (500) Days Of Summer
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director, and producer.
Hump Day – Writer/Director/Producer: Lynn Shelton
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
BEST MALE LEAD
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Mo’Nique – Precious
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Roger Deakins – A Serious Man
Anvil! The Story of Anvil – Director: Sacha Gervasi
BEST FOREIGN FILM – An Education (UK/France)- Director: Lone Scherfig
ACURA SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 16th annual Acura Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Acura.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez – Easier With Practice
CHAZ & ROGER EBERT TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 15th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
Bill Ross and Turner Ross – 45365
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 13th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Karin Chien – The Exploding Girl, Santa Mesa
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
A Serious Man
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Casting Directors: Ellen Chenoweth, Rachel Tenner
Ensemble Cast: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg, Aaron Wolff
For video clips from the 25th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, go to: http://www.babelgum.com/spiritawardsTags: 2010 Spirit Award Winners Crazy Heart Film Indpendent Independent Film Precious Screenwriting spiritawards www.babelgum.com