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2010 Independent Spirit Awards

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25th Annual Independent Spirit Awards
(winners will appear highlighted in red)

Best Feature
(Award given to the Producer)
"(500) Days of Summer"
Producers: Jessica Tuchinsky, Mark Waters, Mason Novick and Steven J. Wolfe

Producers: Christina Piovesan and Paul Barkin

Producers: Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness

"Sin Nombre"
Producer: Amy Kaufman

"The Last Station"
Producers: Chris Curling, Jens Meurer and Boonie Arnold

Best First Feature
(Award given to the Director and Producer)
"A Single Man"
Director: Tom Ford
Producers: Tom Ford, Chris Weitz, Andrew Miano and Robert Salerno

"Crazy Heart"
Director: Scott Cooper
Producers: Scott Cooper, Robert Duvall, Rob Carliner, Judy Cairo and T Bone Burnett

"Easier With Practice"
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Producer: Cookie Carosella

"The Messenger"
Director: Oren Moverman
Producers: Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee and Zach Miller

"Paranormal Activity"
Director: Oren Peli
Producers: Oren Peli and Jason Blum

Best Director
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen ~ "A Serious Man"
Lee Daniels ~ "Precious"
Cary Joji Fukanaga ~ "Sin Nombre"
James Grey ~ "Two Lovers"
Michael Hoffman ~ "The Last Station"

John Cassavetes Award
(Given to the Best Feature made for under $500,000)
(Award given to the Writer, Director and Producer)
"Big Fan"
Writer/Director: Robert Siegal
Producers: Jean Kouremetis and Elan Bogarin

Writer/Director/Producer: Lynn Shelton

"The New Year Parade"
Writer/Director: Tom Quinn
Producers: Steve Beal and Tom Quinn

"Treeless Mountain"
Writer/Director: So Yong Kim
Producers: Bradley Rust Gray, Ben Howe, Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy and So Yong Kim

"Zero Bridge"
Writer/Director: Tariq Tapa
Producers: Hilal Ahmed Langoo, Josée Lajoie and Tariq Tapa

Best Screenplay
Greg Mottola ~ "Adventureland"
Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber ~ "(500) Days of Summer"
Michael Hoffman ~ "The Last Station"
Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman ~ "The Messenger"
Lee Toland Krieger ~ "The Vicious Kind"

Best First Screenplay
Cherien Dabis ~ "Amreeka"
Tom Ford and David Scearce ~ "A Single Man"
Sophie Barthes ~ "Cold Souls"
Scott Cooper ~ "Crazy Heart"

Geoffrey Fletcher ~ "Precious"

Best Female Lead
Maria Bello ~ "Downloading Nancy"
Nisreen Faour ~ "Amreeka"
Helen Mirren ~ "The Last Station"
Gwyneth Paltrow ~ "Two Lovers"

Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe ~ "Precious"

Best Male Lead
Jeff Bridges ~ "Crazy Heart"
Colin Firth ~ "A Single Man"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ~ "(500) Days of Summer"
Souléymane Sy Savané ~ "Goodbye Solo"
Adam Scott ~ "The Vicious Kind"

Best Supporting Female
Mo'Nique ~ "Precious"
Dina Korzun ~ "Cold Souls"
Samantha Morton ~ "The Messenger"
Natalie Press ~ "Fifty Dead Men Walking"
Mia Wasikowska ~ "That Evening Sun"

Best Supporting Male
Jemaine Clement ~ "Gentlemen Broncos"
Woody Harrelson ~ "The Messenger"
Christian McKay ~ "Me and Orson Welles"
Raymond McKinnon ~ "That Evening Sun"
Christopher Plummer ~ "The Last Station"

Best Foreign Film
(Award given to the Director)
"A Prophet"
Director: Jacques Audiard

"An Education"
(United Kingdom)
Director: Lone Scheerfig

"Everlasting Moments"
Director: Jan Troell

"La Nana (The Maid)"
Director: Sebastián Silva

Director: Bong Joon-Ho

Best Documentary
(Award given to the Director)
"Anvil! The Story of Anvil"
Director: Sacha Gervasi

"Food, Inc."
Director: Robert Kenner

"More Than a Game"
Director: Kristopher Belman

"October Country"
Directors: Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

"Which Way Home"
Director: Rebecca Cammisa

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins ~ "A Serious Man"
Adriano Goldman ~ "Sin Nombre"
Anne Misawa ~ "Treeless Mountain"
Andrij Parekh ~ "Cold Souls"
Peter Zeitlinger ~ "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"

Special Awards

3rd Annual Robert Altman Award
(Award Given to One Film's Director, Casting Director and its Ensemble Cast)
"A Serious Man"
Directors/Writers/Producers: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Casting Directors: Ellen Chenoweth and Rachel Tenner
Ensemble Cast: Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus,

Ensemble Cast: Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg and Aaron Wolff

14th Annual Piaget Producers Award
Producer: Dia Sokol
Films: "Beeswax" and "Nights and Weekends"

Producer: Larry Fessenden
Films: "I Sell The Dead" and "The House of The Devil"

Producer: Karin Chien
Films: "The Exploding Girl" and "Santa Mesa"

17th Annual Acura Someone to Watch Award
Director: Tariq Tapa
Film: "Zero Bridge"

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Film: "Easier With Practice"

Director: Asiel Norton
Film: "Redland"

Chaz and Roger Ebert
Truer Than Fiction Award

Director: Natalia Almada
Film: "El General"

Director: Jessica Oreck
Film: "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo"

Director: Bill Ross and Turner Ross
Film: "45365"



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25th Spirit Awards Proved 'Crazy' About 'Precious'

'Precious' garnered multiple top honors at the 25th Film Independent Spirit
Awards including acting honors for both Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe (left) who
reacts to Actress/Comedienne Mo'Nique (right) winning the Best Supporting
Female award. Sidibe won later in the Best Female Lead category

LOS ANGELES, California – Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to "Precious" and "Crazy Heart" at this evening's 25th Spirit Awards. "(500) Days of Summer," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "An Education," "Humpday," "The Messenger" and "A Serious Man" also received awards at the milestone ceremony, held at LA Live's event deck in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast live and uncut on IFC.

Acclaimed Actor/Comedian Eddie Izzard was Master of Ceremonies, and Ben Stiller served as Honorary Chair. The Independent Spirit Awards was the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 25 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality.

Actor/Comedian Eddie Izzard served as Master of Ceremonies
for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards

Artists receiving industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel and Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams and many more.

This year's major category winners were Lionsgate's "Precious," which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best First Screenplay, Best Female Lead and Best Supporting Female; Fox Searchlight's "Crazy Heart," which won Best First Feature and Best Male Lead; Fox Searchlight's "(500) Days of Summer," which won Best Screenplay and Abramaorama's "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," which won Best Documentary.

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (left) presents co-star actor Jeff
Bridges (right) with the award for Best Male Lead for 'Crazy
Heart' at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards

Other winners included Sony Pictures Classics' "An Education," which won Best Foreign Film; Magnolia Pictures' "Humpday," which won the John Cassavetes Award; Oscilloscope Laboratories' "The Messenger," which won Best Supporting Male and Focus Features' "A Serious Man," which won Best Cinematography.

Kyle Patrick Alvarez, director of "Easier With Practice," received the 17th Annual Acura Someone to Watch Award, which includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant and honors a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not received appropriate recognition. Bill Ross and Turner Ross, directors of "45365," received the 16th Annual Chaz & Roger Ebert Truer Than Fiction Award, a $25,000 unrestricted grant presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention.

Beloved Film Critic Roger Ebert attended the event
despite recovering from multiple cancer treatments

Karin Chien, producer of The Exploding Girl" and "Santa Mesa," received the 14th Annual Piaget Producers Award, a $25,000 unrestricted grant created to honor emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.

Executive Producers Dick Clark Productions and Independent Producer Jamie McGurk announced the recipient of the 2010 ELLE/Garnier Directing Fellowship, which carries a production grant of $10,000, funded by ELLE and Garnier. Film Independent Fellow Jennifer Arnold (2005 Directors Lab) won for her film, "A Small Act," which will air summer 2010 on HBO.

Actor Woody Harrelson accepts the award for Best
Supporting Male for 'The Messenger'

Also given was the 3rd Annual Robert Altman Award, given to one film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast. Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's "A Serious Man," received this award, along with casting directors Ellen Chenoweth and Rachel Tenner, and ensemble cast members Richard Kind, Sari Lennick, Jessica McManus, Fred Melamed, Michael Stuhlbarg and Aaron Wolff. The ceremony was produced by John Hamilton along with IFC's Christine Lubrano and Vienna Steiner.

Director Chris Donovan was on the helm of the ceremony while Writer Billy Kimball was the scribe. The Spirit Award encores will air on IFC on Saturday, March 6 at 5:00 a.m. EST/PST and 11:15 a.m. EST/PST, and Sunday, March 7 at 8:30 a.m. EST/PST and 2:30 p.m. EST/PST. In addition, SpiritAwards.com and a dedicated Spirit Awards channel on Babelgum.com will post red carpet and thank you cam interviews the next day.

25th Annual Film Independent Spirit Award Winners

Best Feature
Film: "Precious"
Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness and Sarah Siegel-Magness
Studio: Lionsgate

Best Director
Director: Lee Daniels
Film: "Precious"
Studio: Lionsgate

Best First Feature
Film: "Crazy Heart"
Director: Scott Cooper
Producers: T Bone Burnett, Judy Cairo, Rob Carliner, Scott Cooper and Robert Duvall
Studio: Fox Searchlight

Best Screenplay
Screenwriters: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Film: "(500) Days of Summer"
Studio: Fox Searchlight

Best First Screenplay
Screenwriter: Geoffrey Fletcher
Film: "Precious"
Studio: Lionsgate

John Cassavetes Award
(For the best feature made under $500,000)
Writer/Director/Producer: Lynn Shelton
Film: "Humpday"
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

Best Supporting Female
Actress: Mo'Nique
Film: "Precious"
Studio: Lionsgate

Best Supporting Male
Actor: Woody Harrelson
Film: "The Messenger"
Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Best Female Lead
Actress: Gabourey Sidibe
Film: "Precious"
Studio: Lionsgate

Best Male Lead
Actor: Jeff Bridges
Film: "Crazy Heart"
Studio: Fox Searchlight

Best Cinematography
Cinematographer: Roger Deakins
Film: "A Serious Man"
Studio: Focus Features

Best Foreign Film
Film: "An Education"
Director: Lone Scherfig
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Best Documentary
Documentary: "Anvil! The Story of Anvil"
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Studio: Abramaorama Films

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