FIRST FEATURE: Get Low
JOHN CASSAVETTES AWARD: Daddy Longlegs
DIRECTOR: Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
ACTOR: James Franco, 127 Hours
ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
SUPPORTING ACTOR: John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Dale Dickey, Winter's Bone
SCREENPLAY: The Kids Are All Right- Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
FIRST SCREENPLAY: Tiny Furniture- Lena Dunham
DOCUMENTARY: Exit Through the Gift Shop
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Black Swan- Matthew Libatique
FOREIGN FILM: The King's Speech
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD: Marwencol
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD: Mike Ott, Littlerock
PRODUCER'S AWARD: Anish Savjani, Meek's Cutoff
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(given to a films director, casting director, and ensemble cast)
Is it wrong to be virulently angry that The King's Speech won best foreign language film? Otherwise a fine slate, especially digging the mention for Dale Dickey, who was my personal favorite performer from Winter's Bone. This marks her first award this season.
- The Spirits were revisiting 2008 a bit, as that year an Aronofsky film (The Wrestler) took home top honors, and James Franco won for his supporting role in Milk.
- Aronofsky's director of photography of choice, Matthew Libatique, was previously honored by the Spirits for Requiem for a Dream in 2000. Black Swan marks his first Oscar nomination; ten years for the Academy to realize his talent...Coincidentally, The Wrestler also won the Spirit's cinematography award, but that was the only film of Aronofsky's not to filmed by Libatique (Maryse Alberti won that award.)
- This isn't the first time foreign film was won by a film in English...An Education won last year and Once won in 2007; but that movie's a lot more awesome, right?
- This is only the fourth year of the Robert Altman Award, dedicated to a films ensemble-- past winners are I'm Not There, Synecdoche, New York and A Serious Man.