"The Wrestler wins the Independent Spirit Awards.
Miki Rourke, the star of the “The Wrestler”, has also pinned the competition in the lead male category. He was given a standing ovation this afternoon from the A-list stars, who came to the ceremony in Santa Monica beach.
Other big names collected awards are Penelope Cruz for best supporting actress in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and James Franco for best supporting actor in “Milk”.
The Visitor helmer, Tom McCarthy, was named best director, and the Oscar-winning screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman, took the best first feature award for his directorial debut “Synecdoche, New York”.
Some of these winners will be competing tomorrow for the Academy awards against the heavy weight studio movies.
List of winners:
Supporting male, James Franco “Milk”
First screenplay, Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”
First feature, Charlie Kaufman’s “Synecdoche, New York”
Supporting female, Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
John Cassavetes Award, given to the best feature made for less than 500,000, Alex Holdridge’s “In Search of a Midnight Kiss”
Documentary, James Marsh’s “Man on Wire”
Female lead, Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Acura Someone to Watch Award, Lynn Shelton, “My Effortless Brilliance”
Piaget Producers Award, Heather Rae, “Frozen River”
Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award, Margaret Brown, “The Order of Myths”
Screenplay, Woody Allen, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Foreign film, Laurent Cantet’s “The Class”
Cinematographer, Maryse Alberti, “The Wrestler”
Robert Altman Award, given to film’s director, casting director and its ensemble cast, “Synecdoche, New York”
Male lead, Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
Director, Tom McCarthy, “The Visitor”
Picture, “The Wrestler,” producers Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin