Saturday, February 26, 2011

Spirit Awards Winners

The Spirit Awards is one of the last awards ceremony before the big kahuna that is the Academy Awards which takes place tomorrow. To see the entire list of nominees, click here.

As for the winners, they are as follows:

Best Feature: Black Swan
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Best Actor: James Franco, 127 Hours
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Best Supporting Actress: Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone
Best Screenplay: The Kids Are All Right
Best First Feature: Get Low
Best First Screenplay: Tiny Furniture
Best Foreign Film: The King’s Speech
Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Best Cinematography: Black Swan
John Cassavetes Award: Daddy Longlegs
Robert Altman Award: Please Give
Piaget Producers Award: Anish Savjani, Meek’s Cutoff
Someone to Watch Award: Mike Ott, Littlerock
Truer Than Fiction Award: Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol

Sweeping all four of the awards it was nominated for, Oscar Best Picture nominee Black Swan was the night's biggest winner. It was a well-deserved note of recognition for a film which had been mostly overshadowed by Oscar front-runners The King's Speech and The Social Network as well as by more populist films such as Inception, Toy Story 3, and True Grit throughout awards season. Natalie Portman continued her dominant run even with the added pressure of having every single fellow Best Actress Oscar nominees on the ballot with her.

Despite leading with 7 nominations, Winter's Bone only managed two wins, both for its worthy supporting players Dale Dickey and Oscar nominee John Hawkes. The night was actually full of Oscar nominees winning such as James Franco for Actor, The Kids Are All Right for Screenplay, Exit Through the Gift Shop for Documentary, and even The King's Speech for Foreign Film. The first two winners benefited from the absence of awards season juggernauts Colin Firth and Aaron Sorkin.

In terms of the Academy Awards, expect only Portman to repeat her award victory here though don't be surprised to see increasingly popular pick Exit Through the Gift Shop to "surprise" in the seemingly 5-way race for Documentary.

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