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INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS 2009 - WINNERS

THE WRESTLER IS CHAMP AT SPIRIT AWARDS
Micky Rourke wins Best Actor, and the film wins Best Picture in a resounding triumph for Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, at this year’s Spirit Awards.


It has all the hallmarks of an indie film, down to the subject matter: Mickey Rourke plays The Wrestler who is nothing if not a wrestler – rather like indie filmmakers who struggle and fight to do what they do.

The Wrestler is the story of Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (Mickey Rourke) who was a champ wrestler in the 80s; 20 years later he is making a meager living doing menial work and a few high school gym fights for diehard fans. Yet for all its bruising, bloody nature, the ring gives The Ram the only peace of mind he can find. His estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) has given up on him, and the budding romance he thinks he has going with Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), the stripper at a bar he frequents, is not going. When he has a heart attack, he needs to be sensible and retire from the ring. He tries - but his heart's not in it.

The film also won the Golden Lion at Venice is “Brutal but honest, beautiful in a terrible way and unexpectedly moving, The Wrestler is everything a serious movie lover could want,” says Andrew.

But in a surprise selection (again in keeping with indie filmmaking, which hopes to keep us guessing), Tom McCarthy won the award for Best Director – whose lead, Richard Jenkins, was nominated for Best Actor in this year’s Oscars.

Recognising excellence, the Spirit Awards voted Man on Wire Best Documentary and Milk Best first screenplay as well as the Supporting Actor Award for James Franco.

List of winners:
Picture,
The Wrestler, producers Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin

Director,
Tom McCarthy, The Visitor

Male lead,
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Supporting male,
James Franco Milk

First screenplay,
Dustin Lance Black, Milk

First feature,
Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

Supporting female,
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

John Cassavetes Award: best feature made for less than $500,000,
Alex Holdridge's In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Documentary,
James Marsh's Man on Wire

Female lead,
Melissa Leo, Frozen River

Acura Someone to Watch Award,
Lynn Shelton, My Effortless Brilliance

Piaget Producers Award,
Heather Rae, Frozen River

Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award,
Margaret Brown, The Order of Myths

Screenplay,
Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Foreign film,
Laurent Cantet's The Class

Cinematographer,
Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

Robert Altman Award, given to film's director, casting director and its ensemble cast,
Synecdoche, New York

Published February 22, 2009
 

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Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler


Melissa Leo in Frozen River

2009 WINNERS:
GOLDEN GLOBE WINNERS

EUROPEAN FILM AWARD WINNERS 2008

BRITISH INDEP FILM AWARDS 2008

SUNDANCE WINNERS 2009

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD WINNERS 2009

PRODUCERS GUILD WINNERS 2009

DIRECTOR’S GUILD WINNERS 2009

WRITERS GUILD WINNERS 2009


Man on Wire


Penelope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona


James Franco in Milk


The Class


The Visitor







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