Smells Like Indie Film Spirit

The Oscars are tonight, but yesterday the Film Independent Spirit Awards (formerly the Independent Spirit Awards; why the awkward name change?) rewarded filmmakers, actors, writers and directors who don’t have the luxury of big (well, blockbuster, at least) studio backing. Some of the winners overlap with Oscar nominees (most notably big winner Little Miss Sunshine), while others are more obscure (though perhaps no longer).

I imagine Ellen DeGeneres will be somewhat funny on the Oscars, but she’ll be no match for FISA host Sarah Silverman, who was her usual filthy, hilarious self. I promise you this: Ellen will not be graphically simulating sex with cheese onstage tonight. If you happen to catch a rerun, make sure you can see the ceremonies on IFC if at all possible; the re-airings on AMC are censored for language, lopping off a lot of the funnier bits.

Below are the winners, courtesy of the FISA’s official site. Now I’m off to call my bookie, based on Gargano’s picks for tonight. That’s $13,000 on Basic Instinct 2 for Best Picture, right?

— Mike Breen

Best Feature Little Miss Sunshine   Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producers:
Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa
Best Director Jonathon Dayton & Valerie Faris   Fox Searchlight Pictures
Little Miss Sunshine
Best Screenplay Jason Reitman   Fox Searchlight Pictures
Thank You For Smoking
Best First Feature Sweet Land   No Distributor
Director: Ali Selim
Producers: Alan Cumming, James Bigham, Ali Selim
Best First Screenplay Michael Arndt   Fox Searchlight Pictures
Little Miss Sunshine
John Cassavetes Award (For the Best Feature made for under $500,000)
Quinceañera
  Sony Pictures Classics
Writer/Directors:
Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
Producer: Anne Clements
Best Supporting Female Frances McDormand   Sony Pictures Classics
Friends with Money
Best Supporting Male Alan Arkin   Fox Searchlight Pictures
Little Miss Sunshine
Best Female Lead Shareeka Epps   THINKFilm
Half Nelson
Best Male Lead Ryan Gosling   THINKFilm
Half Nelson
Best Cinematography Guillermo Navarro   Picturehouse
Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Foreign Film The Lives of Others   Sony Pictures Classics Director:
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Best Documentary The Road to Guantanamo   Roadside Attractions Directors:
Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross
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