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"Black Swan" Big Winner at Independent Spirit Awards

Independent Spirit Awards announced its winners



    "Black Swan" Big Winner at Independent Spirit Awards
    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”