"Black Swan" Big Winner at Independent Spirit Awards

Independent Spirit Awards announced its winners

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    In this film publicity file image released by Fox Searchlight, Natalie Portman is shown in a scene from "Black Swan." Film critics are abuzz over actress Natalie Portman's work in the new big-screen "Black Swan," but fashionistas are flipping over something else: the film's forward-thinking ballet costumes by Rodarte, sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy. (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Niko Tavernise, FILE) NO SALES

    The ballet-as-psychological thriller “Black Swan” was the big winner at Saturday’s 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, sweeping three of the four top prizes.

    The film was named Best Picture; its star, Natalie Portman, won Best Actress accolades; and the director, Darren Aronofsky, took home the prize for Best Director. It also won for Best Cinematography.

    Winter's Bone,” the gritty tale of a girl's search in the Ozark mountains for her drug-dealing father, won awards for Best Supporting Actress, Dale Dickey and Best Supporting Actor, John Hawkes.

    Academy Awards co-host James Franco was named Best Actor for his riveting performance as a Colorado adventurer who has to cut off his right arm after he becomes pinned under a boulder in Utah.

    The Kids Are All Right” about a lesbian couple struggling to keep their family together, won the award for Best Screenplay.

    Going into today's ceremony, which was hosted by actor-comedian Joel McHale and held in Santa Monica, “Winter’s Bone” had a leading seven nominations.

    To be eligible for a Spirit Award, films must be at least 70 minutes long, and the cost must be less than $20 million. Films also must have been shown in a commercial theater for at least one week or have been shown at one of the qualifying festivals -- Film Independent's Los Angeles Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York, Sundance, Telluride or Toronto.

    Here is a complete list of winners:

    • Best Picture: “Black Swan”

    • Best Director: Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”

    • Best Actress: Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

    • Best Actor: James Franco, “127 Hours”

    • Best Supporting Actress: Dale Dickey, “Winter's Bone

    • Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”

    • Best Screenplay: “The Kids Are All Right”

    • Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, “Black Swan”

    • Best Documentary: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

    • Best Foreign Film: “The King’s Speech”

    • Best First Feature: “Get Low”

    • Best First Screenplay: Lena Dunham, “Tiny Furniture”

    • Truer Than Fiction Award: “Marwencol,” Jeff Malmberg

    • Someone to Watch Award: Mike Ott, “Littlerock”

    • Producers Award: Anish Savjani, “Meek’s Cutoff”

    • Robert Altman Award (ensemble): “Please Give”

    • John Cassavetes Award: “Daddy Longlegs”