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Awards Season: Swan Wins Its Independence

February 26th, 2011

Independent Spirit Award hand out their nominations earlier than the other major awards, but don't hand out the hardware till the day before the Oscars. The long wait ended last night and Black Swan became the big winner sweeping the four categories it was nominated it. It wasn't the only winner of the night, however.

The categories and winners are...

BEST FEATURE

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST SCREENPLAY

BEST FIRST FEATURE

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)

BEST FEMALE LEAD

BEST MALE LEAD

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

BEST DOCUMENTARY

BEST FOREIGN FILM

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)

Also announced were the nominees for the three Filmmaker Grant Awards.

Acura Someone to Watch Award

  • Mike Ott for Littlerock
Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention.

Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.

Notes and Reactions...

  • Black Swan went four for four becoming the big winner of the night, although that probably won't translate into big success at the Oscars, as the Independent Spirit Awards are the least predictive of any of the major awards. (There are strict budget limitations.)
  • On the other hand, Winter's Bone went two for seven while The Kids Are All Right only won one of five.
  • The King’s Speech win for Best Foreign Film is arguably the least surprising result of the night, as it is the overwhelming favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar.

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Filed under: Awards Season, Please Give, Get Low, The Kids Are All Right, Exit Through the Gift Shop, Winter's Bone, Daddy Longlegs, Black Swan, 127 Hours, Meek's Cutoff, Tiny Furniture, The King’s Speech, Marwencol