Lost in the shadow of the weekend’s Oscar coverage was the annual Independent Spirit Awards presentation, which is where you’ll find … a lot of accolades similar to the Academy Award winners.
Best Feature: "Brokeback Mountain"
Best Director: Ang Lee, "Brokeback Mountain"
Best Screenplay: Dan Futterman, "Capote"
Best First Feature: Paul Haggis, "Crash"
Best First Screenplay: Duncan Tucker, "Transamerica"
John Cassavetes Award: "Conventioneers" (For the Best Feature made for under $500,000) Director: Mora Stephens
Best Male Lead: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit, "Good Night, and Good Luck"
Best Foreign Film: "Paradise Now" Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Best Documentary: "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" Director: Alex Gibney
AMC/American Express Producers Award: Caroline Baron, "Capote", "Monsoon Wedding" ($25,000 unrestricted grant — honors producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality independent films.)
IFC/Acura Someone To Watch Award: Ian Gamazon and Neill Dela Llana, "Cavite" ($25,000 unrestricted — honors a director of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.)
For more on the Independent Spirit Awards, check out the report at Indiewire / Yahoo!