Oscar-nom 'Precious' Big Spirit Awards Winner6 Mar, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Lionsgate's Oscar-nominated film Precious was the big winner at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards March 5 in Los Angeles.
The fictional story about poor, morbidly obese un-educated teen Clarisse 'Precious' Jones (played by Gabourey Sidibe) and her abusive mother (Mo'Nique), won best feature, best director (Lee Daniels), best first screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher), best female lead (Sidibe) and best supporting female (Mo'Nique).
The Precious DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases hit retail March 9.
Fox Searchlight's Crazy Heart won best first feature and best male lead (Jeff Bridges, who is also nominated for same Oscar award) and (500) Days of Summer won best screenplay (Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber).
Abramaorama's Anvil! The Story of Anvil (released on DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 9, 2009, from MVD Visual and VH1) won best documentary, and Sony Pictures Classics An Education won best foreign film and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray March 30 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Education is up for an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.
Magnolia Entertainment’s Humpday (released on DVD and Blu-ray Nov. 17, 2009) won the John Cassavetes award.
Oscilloscope Laboratories' The Messenger won best supporting male (Woody Harrelson) and A Serious Man won best cinematography (Roger Deakins).
Messenger is slated for DVD release May 18. Harrelson and Serious Man (released on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 9 by Universal Studios Home Entertainment) are both up for Oscars as well.
Netflix, with a subscriber base largely drawn to catalog and independent films, was a principal sponsor of the event.