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Winners Announced For 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards

LOS ANGELES (PRNewswire) - Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to Black Swan, Winter's Bone, 127 Hours, and The Kids Are All Right at this afternoon's 26th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The King's Speech, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Get Low, Tiny Furniture, and Daddy Longlegs also received awards at the ceremony, held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.

Tune in to IFC tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT to catch all the action at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with actor and comedian Joel McHale hosting. Highlights include: Joel getting caught in a 127 Hours situation with only Dale Dickey, "Banksy" and John Waters to help him out; See how this year's best feature nominees stack up against porn and the big studios; Catch the Spirit Awards' version of a dead people montage; and more! The show was produced by Film Independent in association with dick clark productions, inc.

The Spirit Awards was the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 26 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Artists receiving industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & 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 Fox Searchlight's Black Swan, which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Female Lead, and Best Cinematography and 127 Hours, which won Best Male Lead; Roadside Attractions' Winter's Bone, which won Best Supporting Female and Best Supporting Male; IFC Films' Tiny Furniture, which won Best First Screenplay and Daddy Longlegs, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Focus Features' The Kids Are All Right, which won Best Screenplay; The Weinstein Company's the King's Speech, which won Best Foreign Film; Producers Distribution Agency's Exit Through the Gift Shop, which won Best Documentary; and Sony Pictures Classics' Get Low, which won Best First Feature.

Also given was the 4th annual Robert Altman Award, given to one film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast. Nicole Holofcener's Please Give received this award, along with casting director Jeanne McCarthy and ensemble cast members Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, and Sarah Steele.

Sandra Oh opened the carpet with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an announcement that LG Cinema 3D made a $100,000 contribution to Film Independent's signature diversity program Project:Involve. Project:Involve nurtures the careers of talented writers, directors and producers from under-represented communities.

Film Independent and dick clark productions, in partnership with LG Cinema 3D, streamed a Live Arrivals Show at, which included interviews with nominees and celebrities. The Arrivals Show will be rebroadcast at throughout the evening.

Premiere Sponsors are IFC, ELLE, Netflix, Piaget, Acura, Jameson Irish Whiskey®, LG Cinema 3D, HTC™ and Principal Sponsors are Stella Artois and AVEENO®. WireImage is the Official Photographer, American Airlines is the Official Airline and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. The Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows is the Official Host Hotel for the Spirit Awards. On 3 Productions is the producer of the Official Presenter Gift Lounge and Official Ceremony Gift Bags. The Official Water of the Spirit Awards is smartwater. LG Cinema 3D is the Presenting Sponsor of the Voter Party at Santa Monica Place. For more information on the winners, photo galleries, and video clips from the arrivals and show, please visit

The following is a list of the nominees & winners:

Best Feature

  • 127 Hours, Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, John Smithson
  • Black Swan, Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Arnold W. Messer, Brian Oliver | WINNER
  • Greenberg, Producers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Scott Rudin
  • The Kids Are All Right, Producers: Gary Gilbert, Philippe Hellmann, Jordan Horowitz, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg
  • Winter's Bone, Producers: Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Anne Rosellini

Best Director

  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan| WINNER
  • Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
  • Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
  • Debra Granik, Winter's Bone
  • John Cameron Mitchell, Rabbit Hole

Best First Feature

  • Everything Strange and New, Director: Frazer Bradshaw
    Producers: A.D. Liano, Laura Techera Francia
  • Get Low, Director: Aaron Schneider
    Producers: David Gundlach, Dean Zanuck| WINNER
  • Night Catches Us, Director: Tanya Hamilton
    Producers: Sean Costello, Jason Orans, Ronald Simons
  • The Last Exorcism, Director: Daniel Stamm
    Producers: Marc Abraham, Tom Bliss, Eric Newman, Eli Roth
  • Tiny Furniture, Director: Lena Dunham
    Producers: Kyle Martin, Alicia Van Couvering

John Cassavetes Award

  • Daddy Longlegs, Writer/Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie Producers: Casey Neistat, Tom Scott| WINNER
  • Lbs. Director: Matthew Bonifacio Writer/Producers: Matthew Bonifacio, Carmine Famiglietti
  • Lovers of Hate Writer/Director: Bryan Poyser
    Producer: Megan Gilbride
  • Obselidia Writer/Director: Diane Bell
    Producers: Chris Byrne, Mathew Medlin
  • The Exploding Girl Writer/Director: Bradley Rust Gray
    Producers: Karin Chien, Ben Howe, So Yong Kim

Best Screenplay

  • Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right| WINNER
  • Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Winter's Bone
  • Nicole Holofcener, Please Give
  • David Lindsay-Abaire, Rabbit Hole
  • Todd Solondz, Life During Wartime

Best First Screenplay

  • Diane Bell, Obselidia
  • Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture| WINNER
  • Nik Fackler, Lovely, Still
  • Bob Glaudini, Jack Goes Boating
  • Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener, Monogamy

Best Female Lead

  • Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
  • Greta Gerwig, Greenberg
  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan| WINNER
  • Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Male Lead

  • Ronald Bronstein, Daddy Longlegs
  • Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole
  • James Franco, 127 Hours| WINNER
  • John C. Reilly, Cyrus
  • Ben Stiller, Greenberg

Best Supporting Female

  • Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism
  • Dale Dickey, Winter's Bone| WINNER
  • Allison Janney, Life During Wartime
  • Daphne Rubin-Vega, Jack Goes Boating
  • Naomi Watts, Mother and Child

Best Supporting Male

  • John Hawkes, Winter's Bone| WINNER
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Mother and Child
  • Bill Murray, Get Low
  • John Ortiz, Jack Goes Boating
  • Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Best Foreign Film

  • Kisses (Ireland), Director: Lance Daly
  • Mademoiselle Chambon (France), Director: Stéphane Brizé
  • Of Gods and Men (Morocco), Director: Xavier Beauvois
  • The King's Speech (United Kingdom), Director: Tom Hooper| WINNER
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand), Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Best Documentary

  • Exit Through the Gift Shop, Director: Banksy| WINNER
  • Marwencol, Director: Jeff Malmberg
  • Restrepo, Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger
  • Sweetgrass, Directors: Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
  • Thunder Soul, Director: Mark Landsman

Best Cinematography

  • Adam Kimmel, Never Let Me Go
  • Matthew Libatique, Black Swan| WINNER
  • Jody Lee Lipes, Tiny Furniture
  • Michael McDonough, Winter's Bone
  • Harris Savides, Greenberg

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