‘Wrestler,’ ‘Milk’ Win Independent Spirits

“The Wrestler” won best feature, and its star Mickey Rourke best actor at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica Saturday.

"The Wrestler" won best feature, and its star Mickey Rourke best actor, at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica on Saturday.

 

The event honoring small, independent film rewarded Darren Aronofsky's searing but poignant tale about an aging wrestler, played by Rourke, and seemed to promise a winning prologue to the Academy Awards on Sunday, where the actor was favored to win in the same category.

 

 

The full list of winners: 

 

BEST FEATURE
The Wrestler

BEST DIRECTOR
Tom McCarthy, “The Visitor”

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Synecdoche, New York

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
In Search of a Midnight Kiss

BEST SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”

BEST MALE LEAD
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
James Franco, “Milk”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Maryse Alberti, “The Wrester”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Man on Wire

BEST FOREIGN FILM
The Class

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Charlie Kaufman (Director), Jeanne McCarthy (Casting Director), Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson, Diane Weist, Michelle Williams, Synecdoche.