It certainly was a 'Precious' night at the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards as the movie about a pregnant black teenager growing up abused and illiterate in Harlem walked away with five prizes, winning in every category in which it was nominated.

'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' won best feature, best director for Lee Daniels, best first screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best female lead for Gabourey Sidibe and best supporting female for Mo'Nique.

It certainly was a 'Precious' night at the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards as the movie about a pregnant black teenager growing up abused and illiterate in Harlem walked away with five prizes, winning in every category in which it was nominated.

'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire' won best feature, best director for Lee Daniels, best first screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best female lead for Gabourey Sidibe and best supporting female for Mo'Nique.

Other big winners included 'Crazy Heart,' which won best actor for Jeff Bridges and the Spirit prize for best first feature, and 'A Serious Man,' which took home the best cinematography award and the Robert Altman Award (given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast). 'An Education' won best foreign film and the quirky documentary 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil' took documentary honors.

The Spirit Awards, which honor independent filmmaking, moved both locations and timeslots for this year's ceremony -- in honor of its 25th anniversary -- from a tent on the beach in Santa Monica to L.A. Live in Los Angeles and from afternoon to evening.

The show, which aired live on IFC (11 PM ET), was hosted by British comedian Eddie Izzard.

The winners:

Best Feature:
'Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire'
Best Director: Lee Daniels, 'Precious'
Best Male Lead: Jeff Bridges, 'Crazy Heart'
Best Female Lead: Gabourey Sidibe, 'Precious'
Best Supporting Male: Woody Harrelson, 'The Messenger'
Best Supporting Female: Mo'Nique, 'Precious'
Best First Feature: 'Crazy Heart'
Best Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, '(500) Days of Summer'
Best First Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, 'Precious'
Best Cinematography: 'A Serious Man'
Robert Altman Award: 'A Serious Man'
Best Documentary: 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil'
Best Foreign Film: 'An Education'
John Cassavetes Award (best feature made for under $500,000): 'Humpday'
Acura Someone to Watch Award: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, 'Easier With Practice'
Chaz & Roger Ebert: Truer Than Fiction Award (emerging director of non-fiction features): Bill Ross and Turner Ross, '45365'
Piaget Producers Award (honors emerging producers): Karin Chien, 'The Exploding Girl, Santa Mesa'

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