‘The Wrestler’ & Mickey Rourke Win At 2009 Independent Spirit Awards

The prize for Best Male Lead went to Mickey Rourke and his film The Wrestler took the award for Best Feature. This is definitely welcome news for a guy who was dealt a heavy blow when he lost his beloved pet Chihuahua recently.

Star of Frozen River, Melissa Leo was awarded Best Lead, edging out Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married. Vicky Cristina Barcelona won for Best Screenplay and its star Penelope Cruz was handed the trophy for Best Supporting Female.

screenwriter Dustin Lance Black won for Best First Screenplay and star James Franco is the actor who walked home with the Best Supporting Male award.

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Gallery Info: The winners of the 24th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California – Mickey Rourke, Melissa Leo, Penelope Cruz, James Franco, Dustin Lance Black and Laurent Cantet.

All of our 2009 Independent Spirit Awards coverage can be found here!

Best FeatureThe WrestlerProducers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott FranklinBest DirectorThomas McCarthy, The VisitorBest First FeatureSynecdoche, New YorkDirector: Charlie KaufmanProducers: Anthony Bregman, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Sidney KimmelJohn Cassavetes Award (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)In Search of a Midnight KissWriter/Director: Alex HoldridgeProducers: Seth Caplan and Scoot McNairyBest First ScreenplayDustin Lance Black, MilkBest ScreenplayWoody Allen, Vicky Cristina BarcelonaBest Female LeadMelissa Leo, Frozen RiverBest Male LeadMickey Rourke, The WrestlerBest Supporting FemalePenelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina BarcelonaBest Supporting MaleJames Franco, MilkBest CinematographyMaryse Alberti, The WrestlerBest DocumentaryMan on WireDirector: James MarshBest Foreign FilmThe Class (France)Director: Laurent CantetRobert Altman Award (Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast)Synecdoche, New YorkDirector: Charlie KaufmanCasting Director: Jeanne McCarthyEnsemble Cast: Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Dianne Wiest, Michelle WilliamsSomeone to Watch AwardLynn Shelton, My Effortless BrillianceTruer Than Fiction AwardMargaret Brown, The Order of MythsProducers AwardHeather Rae, Frozen River and Ibid