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Award Season - Little Miss Big Winner

February 25th, 2007

While the Independent Spirit Award announces their nominations earlier than anyone else, they only handed the awards last night. The two big winners were Little Miss Sunshine and Half Nelson, but both have to be seen as underdogs for tonight's Oscars.

The winners:

Feature Film

First Feature Film


Male Lead

Female Lead

Supporting Female

Supporting Male


First Screenplay


John Cassavetes Award
Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.


Foreign Film

  • Little Miss Sunshine was the big winner last night, winning in all four categories in which it was nominated. (It was practically a clean sweep, except the film earned two nominations for best supporting actor.)
  • Half Nelson was the only other film to take home more than one award.
  • Pan's Labyrinth took home best cinematography and despite the Independent Spirit Award's low predictive value, the film should repeat that performance tonight at the Oscars.
  • Quinceanera beat out Twelve and Holding for the John Cassavetes Awards. While I voted the other way around, this is still a good choice.
  • The Lives of Others won for Best Foreign Language Film, but it didn't have to compete with Pan's Labyrinth so it is still an underdog tonight.


Source: Independent Feature Project

Filed under: Little Miss Sunshine, El Laberinto del Fauno, Thank You For Smoking, Friends with Money, Das Leben der Anderen, Half Nelson, Sweet Land, Quinceanera, The Road to Guantanamo