Independent Spirit Awards - 2009 (Film Independent)

The Independent Spirit Awards were presented this afternoon inside a giant white tent in beautiful Santa Monica, California. Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler led the way, taking home three Spirits for Best Feature, Best Male Lead (Mickey Rourke) and Best Cinematography (Maryse Alberti). Accepting the award for Best Feature, Aronofsky said that while "working on special effects for a space movie," he realized that he loved working with actors most of all, and dedicated the award to his cast.

Melissa Leo won Best Female Lead for her work in Frozen River, while James Franco was awarded Best Supporting Male for Milk and Penelope Cruz was named Best Supporting Female for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. In somewhat of a surprise, Tom McCarthy won Best Director for The Visitor.

Rourke gave the most entertaining speech of the show, broadcast life on IFC, first kissing Aronofsky on the lips before proceeding to the stage and paying tribute to actor Eric Roberts ("he deserves a second chance"), dedicating his award to his recently deceased dog Loki, crediting actress Marisa Tomei ("not many girls can climb the pole"), and encouraging director Aronofsky to embrace being called "a mean son of a b****."

As you'd expect, our friends at indieWIRE have been providing comprehensive coverage. You can also take a tour through our collection of Spirit Awards photos, take a look at all the nominees, or go behind the scenes and see how one voter made his selections.

After the jump: a complete list of the winners.



Best Feature

The Wrestler
Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin

Best Director

Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor

Best First Feature

Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Producers: Anthony Bregman, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Sidney Kimmel

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

In Search of a Midnight Kiss
Writer/Director: Alex Holdridge
Producers: Seth Caplan and Scoot McNairy

Best First Screenplay

Dustin Lance Black, Milk

Best Screenplay

Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Female Lead

Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Best Male Lead

Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Supporting Female

Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Supporting Male

James Franco, Milk

Best Cinematography

Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

Best Documentary

Man on Wire
Director: James Marsh

Best Foreign Film

The Class (France)
Director: Laurent Cantet

Robert Altman Award (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)

Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman
Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
Ensemble Cast: Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Williams

Someone to Watch Award

Lynn Shelton, My Effortless Brilliance

Truer Than Fiction Award

Margaret Brown, The Order of Myths

Producers Award

Heather Rae, Frozen River and Ibid