‘Black Swan’ Dominates 2011 Independent Spirit Awards

This year there was a surprisingly high amount of overlap between the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards. Four of the five Best Feature nominees at the Spirit Awards went on to get nominated for Best Picture and three of the four acting winners are also nominated for Oscars. Many appreciate the fact that this group is recognizing films that more people have seen, but I find it disappointing that the Spirits are awarding the same individuals that dozens of other awards bodies have already recognized.

The winners of the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards were announced last night and many Oscar-friendly stars were recognized. The big winner was Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, which took home prizes for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Female Lead, and Best Cinematography. Winter’s Bone pulled off the feat that The Fighter hopes to do at tonight’s Academy Awards by winning both supporting performance awards. The Oscar friendly winners of the night were The King’s Speech, which won Best Foreign Film (really?), Natalie Portman who won Best Actress, and the Oscar host himself James Franco who won Best Actor.

Check out the complete list of winners below:

Independent Spirit Awards 2011
Winners List

Best Feature
Black Swan

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Best Male Lead
James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Female Lead
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Male
John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone

Best Supporting Female
Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone

Best Screenplay
The Kids Are All Right

Best Documentary
Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Cinematography
Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Best Foreign Film
The King’s Speech

Best First Feature
Get Low

Best First Screenplay
Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture

John Cassavetes Award
Daddy Longlegs

Robert Altman Award
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  • Jose

    Alex, The King’s Speech is a British film, so I guess that’s why it won (plus the spirit awards needed something to recognize the best picture front runner, and I guess thats the best they could do. And I don’t know what the other nominees were, were they better films?)

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