Independent Spirit Awards

2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010




Best Feature
Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler

Best Director
Tom McCarthy, The Visitor

Best Actor
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Actress
Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Supporting Actor
James Franco, Milk

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Screenplay
Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best First Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best First Feature
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

John Cassavetes Award
In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Best Cinematography
Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

Best Foreign Language Film
The Class

Best Documentary
Man on Wire

Someone to Watch Award
Lynn Shelton, My Effortless Brilliance

Piaget Producers Award
Heather Ray, Frozen River

Truer Than Fiction
Margaret Brown, The Order of Myths

Robert Altman
Ensemble Award Synecdoche, New York

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“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray

“I have long defined filmmaking and directing in particular as just a sort of long-term act of letting go,” she said. “It’s honestly just gratifying that people are sort of reapproaching or reassessing the film. I like to just remind everyone that the movie is still the same — it’s the same movie, it’s the movie we always made, and it was the movie we always wanted to make. And maybe it just came several years too early.”
~ Karyn Kusama