Black Swan swoops down on the Spirits
Darren Aronofsky’s psychological ballet drama was the biggest winner of the day at Film Independent’s Spirit Awards.
As well as taking Best Picture, and Best Director, it won Best Cinematography and Best Actress for Natalie Portman, who is tipped to collect the same prize at tomorrow’s Oscars.
The Best Actor award went to James Franco for 127 Hours. He’s also nominated in the same category at the Academy Awards.
Both of the supporting actor honours went to the dark drama Winter’s Bone – with Dale Dickey and John Hawkes collecting trophies at the beach-side ceremony in Santa Monica.
Another widely nominated film, The Kids Are All Right, came away with only the screenplay award. The Best First Screenplay went to Lena Dunham, for Tiny Furniture and the director Aaron Schneider collected the Best First Feature prize for Get Low – with a stellar cast that included Robert Duvall – and Bill Murray, who missed out on the supporting actor Spirit.
Daddy Longlegs won the John Cassavetes Award for the best feature made for less than half a million dollars.
The Best Documentary Prize went to Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, which is the most talked about of this year’s Oscar nominations in its category.
The most talked about of this year’s Oscar nominations in all categories, The King’s Speech, was nominated only in the Foreign Language category at the Spirits. It won.