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Precious Takes Home Five Independent Spirit Awards

Precious cleaned up at last night's Independent Spirit Awards, bringing home trophies for best feature, best director (Lee Daniels), best first screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher), best female lead (Gabourey Sidibe), and best supporting female (Mo'Nique). So every award Precious was nominated for, it won. Not bad! The best actor trophy (a bird sitting on top of a pole) went to Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart, and Woody Harrelson won for best supporting actor for The Messenger. But the biggest award of the night went to a film not even nominated for an Oscar. That's right, Anvil! The Story of Anvil! won best documentary. Metal!


Best Feature: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

Best Director: Lee Daniels, Precious

Best Male Lead: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

Best Female Lead: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Best Supporting Male: Woody Harrelson, The Messenger

Best Supporting Female: Mo’Nique, Precious

Best First Feature: Crazy Heart

Best Screenplay: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, (500) Days of
Summer

Best First Screenplay: Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious

Best Cinematography: A Serious Man

Robert Altman Award: A Serious Man

Best Documentary: Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Best Foreign Film: An Education

John Cassavetes Award (best feature made for under $500,000): Humpday
Acura Someone to Watch Award: Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Easier With Practice

Chaz & Roger Ebert: Truer Than Fiction Award (emerging director of non-fiction features): Bill Ross and Turner Ross, 45365

`Precious' dominates Spirit Awards with 5 prizes [AP]

Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images