Franco picked up the award for Male Lead for 127 Hours at the low key soiree that honors the best in independent film making. In accepting his award for playing the ill-fated hiker Aron Ralston, Franco said, “It was a crazy, crazy experience…that I don’t think I’ll ever repeat.”
But the night’s dominating force was Black Swan, which picked up awards for Best Feature, Leading Actress (Natalie Portman, an almost certain shoe in for an Oscar night win as well), Best Cinematography (Matthew Libatique) and Best Director (Darren Aronofsky).
Winter’s Bone baddies Dale Dickey and John Hawkes landed the female and male supporting acting awards.
Oscar-favored feature The King’s Speech was only eligible for the Best Foreign Film category, which it handily won.
The complete list of winners of the Independent Spirit Awards:
* denotes that they are also up for an Oscar.
Best Feature: *Black Swan
Best Director: *Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Best Male Lead: *James Franco, 127 Hours
Best Female Lead: *Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Supporting Male: *John Hawkes, Winter’s Bone
Best Supporting Female: Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone
Best First Feature: Get Low
Best Screenplay: Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Best First Screenplay: Lena Dunham, Tiny Furniture
Best Cinematography: *Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Robert Altman Award: Please Give
Best Documentary: *Exit Through the Gift Shop
John Cassavetes Award: Daddy Longlegs
Acura Someone to Watch Award: Mike Ott, Littlerock
Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award: Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol
Piaget Producers Award: Anish Savjani, Meek’s Cutoff