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Photo Coverage: 2009 Independent Film Spirit Awards

The Independent Film 2009 Spirit Awards were given out last night Saturday, February 21 in Los Angeles and The Wrestler was a big winner, nabbing Best Film and Best Actor for star Mickey Rourke.

Other acting awards went to Melissa Leo for Best Actress for Frozen River, James Franco won best supporting actor for Milk, while Penelope Cruz snagged a best supporting win for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Woody Allen earned a Best Screenplay award for the film as well.

Founded in 1984, the awards were originally known as the FINDIE ("Friends of Independents") Awards. In 1986, the awards were renamed the Independent Spirit Awards. It was also the first time our membership voted on the winners.

Over the past 22 years, Film Independent's Spirit Awards has grown into a vanguard event. Held as a luncheon on the beach in Santa Monica, the Awards ceremony brings together the entire film community to celebrate the best of independent film.

In 2005, the producing organization of the Spirit Awards changed its name from IFP/Los Angeles to Film Independent. Although our name has changed, the show, the organization, and our mission remain the same.

Photos by Sara DeBoer/Retna Ltd

Photo Coverage: 2009 Independent Film Spirit Awards
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Photo Coverage: 2009 Independent Film Spirit Awards
Jessica Alba

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Ami Armstrong

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Elizabeth Banks

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Justine Bateman

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Dustin Lance Black

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Michael Bolton

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Margaret Brown

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Rose Byrne

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Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey and Lee Daniels

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Bradley Cooper

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Bryan Cranston

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Sheryl Crow

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Penelope Cruz

Photo Coverage: 2009 Independent Film Spirit Awards
Penelope Cruz

Photo Coverage: 2009 Independent Film Spirit Awards
Penelope Cruz

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Hugh Dancy

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Dana Delany

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Zooey Deschanel

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Rosemarie Dewitt

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Cameron Diaz

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Melonie Diaz

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Illeana Douglas

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Eliza Dushku

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

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James Franco

Photo Coverage: 2009 Independent Film Spirit Awards
James Franco

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Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm

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Teri Hatcher

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Anne Hathaway

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Taraji P. Henson

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Emile Hirsch

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Robyn Hitchcock and his band

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Richard Jenkins and wife Sharon r. Frederick

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Keisha Castle-Hughes

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Ben Kingsley and guest

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Ryan Kwanten

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Padma Lakshmi

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Melissa Leo

Photo Coverage: 2009 Independent Film Spirit Awards
Melissa Leo

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Alec Baldwin and Lucy Liu

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John Malkovich

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Mary-Kate Olsen

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Ellen Page

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Rosie Perez

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John C. Reilly

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Jeremy Renner

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Mickey Rourke

Photo Coverage: 2009 Independent Film Spirit Awards
Mickey Rourke

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Alexander Skarsgard

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Morgan Spurlock

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