Oscar Consolation? Black Swan Dominates Independent Spirit Awards

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Not even the chill of Winter’s Bone could stop Black Swan from dancing away with four big wins at the 26th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards.

While the gritty rural thriller came in with a leading seven nods, Black Swan proved to be the big indie darling, taking home Spirit Awards for every category in which it was nominated: best Feature, best Lead Actress (Natalie Portman), best Cinematography (Matthew Libatique) and best Director (Darren Aronofsky).

Check out all the nominees from this year’s Independent Spirit Awards!

Portman, who has proven to be the best actress frontrunner this awards season, continued to blow out the competition with her Independent Spirit Award (she’s already nabbed a Golden Globe and a BAFTA), just a day before the Oscars.

“This is my first time here,” Portman said during her acceptance speech before joking that the ballet-infused film was a veritable independent filmmaking experience indeed. “We had a bond company on set for the last, like two months and it was only a two-and-a-half month shoot. My ballet teachers everyday were like, ‘Sooo, when do we get paid?’ “

Hosted by E!’s own Joel McHale, the Spirit awards had a few more surprises in store than just the Black Swan domination, however.

James Franco, who has been a tad overlooked in the awards department this season (aside from hosting the Oscars), nabbed the award for best Lead Actor for his role in 127 Hours.

“It was a crazy, crazy experience…that I don’t think I’ll ever repeat,” Franco said upon accepting the award (He did have to faux-cut off his own arm, after all). 

Winter’s Bone didn’t go home empty-handed, either. Widely reguarded as a favorite going in to the indie awards show, Winter’s Bone took home nods in the supporting-acting categories, for John Hawkes and Dale Dickey, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Kids Are all Right, nominated in five categories, managed to win best Screenplay.

And where was the award-nabbing King’s Speech in the mix?

As was the case earlier this month at the Writer’s Guild Awards, the Oscar-favorite Brit import was not eligible in the main Spirit categories, only best Foreign Film, which it won. 

Here’s the complete list of winners:

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 Best Foreign Film: The King’s Speech John Cassavetes Award: Daddy LonglegsAcura Someone to Watch Award: Mike Ott, Littlerock Aveeno Truer Than Fiction Award: Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol Piaget Producers Award: Anish Savjani, Meek’s Cutoff

WATCH: take a look at how Natalie Portman shaped up and slimmed way down for Black Swan.

Oscar Consolation? Black Swan Dominates Independent Spirit Awards

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