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"Black Swan" wins top prizes at the 2011 Spirit Awards

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Last night, just before the Academy Awards are announced, the film industry celebrated independent films with the Spirit Awards and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan took top honors.

Saturday night was the night where the smaller films, known as independent films, came out to honor their own. It is now a Hollywood tradition that the awards for independent films, known as the Spirit Awards, is a very loose, humorous and bizarre celebration of film just before the official celebration of films known as the Academy Awards. The film that won the top prizes was the ballet psychological thriller Black Swan.

The movie won four statuettes during the course of the ceremony. Among the awards won were Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director. Natalie Portman, who won Best Actress, is also the front-runner for the Academy Award in the same category. Darren Aronofsky, the director, however, is not the front-runner for the Academy Award.

Other awards went to actor James Franco as Best Actor for the drama 127 Hours. Another favorite of the night was the Ozark crime film known as Winter’s Bone. That film won Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

The films that receives awards are, generally speaking, also up for Academy Awards. Portman is nominated for Best Actress. James Franco is also nominated for Best Actor and is the co-host for the ceremony. Black Swan is also nominated for Best Picture.

One of the favorites for Best Picture for the Academy Awards is the British film The King’s Speech. That also won an award in the Spirit Awards, but it won for Best Foreign Film.

The Spirit Awards also handed out statues for First Screenplay to Lena Dunham for Tiny Furniture. Best Picture for a First Time Director went to Aaron Schneider for Get Low, a comedy starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray. Best Screenplay went to Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko for The Kids are All Right. The graffiti artist documentary called Exit Through the Gift Shop won for Best Documentary.

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