Independent Spirit Awards full winners list and exclusive backstage images

February 26, 2011 | Posted By In Awards, Interviews | 822 Views

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It was a cold and windy afternoon under the tents at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, as many of the usual suspects picked up awards, including James Franco and Natalie Portman for Best Male and Female Leads for their roles in Oscar favorites “127 Hours” and “Black Swan” respectively. “Black Swan” was the big winner of the night, also winning Best Director for Darren Aronofsky and Best Feature. “Winter’s Bone” also made a strong showing, winning both Best Supporting Actor and Actress for John Hawkes and Dale Dickey. Awards juggernaut “The King’s Speech” also picked up Best Foreign Film.

We managed to get a bit of James Franco in the press room on video and a bunch of great images of everyone from Mark Ruffalo to Jesse Eisenberg to Jon Hamm and more.

Exclusive Backstage Images from the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards

See the full list of winners below.

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 Lead
Natalie Portman, Black Swan (Fox Searchlight)

Best Male Lead
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)


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