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


Hiam Abbas


Jessica Alba


Ami Armstrong


Elizabeth Banks


Justine Bateman


Dustin Lance Black


Michael Bolton


Margaret Brown


Rose Byrne


Mariah Carey


Mariah Carey and Lee Daniels


Bradley Cooper


Bryan Cranston


Sheryl Crow


Penelope Cruz


Penelope Cruz


Penelope Cruz


Hugh Dancy


Dana Delany


Zooey Deschanel


Rosemarie Dewitt


Cameron Diaz


Melonie Diaz


Illeana Douglas


Eliza Dushku


Chiwetel Ejiofor


James Franco


James Franco


Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm


Teri Hatcher


Anne Hathaway


Taraji P. Henson


Emile Hirsch


Robyn Hitchcock and his band


Richard Jenkins and wife Sharon r. Frederick


Keisha Castle-Hughes


Ben Kingsley and guest


Ryan Kwanten


Padma Lakshmi


Melissa Leo


Melissa Leo


Alec Baldwin and Lucy Liu


John Malkovich


Mary-Kate Olsen


Ellen Page


Adrianne Palicki


Keke Palmer


Rosie Perez


John C. Reilly


Jeremy Renner


Mickey Rourke


Mickey Rourke


Alexander Skarsgard


Morgan Spurlock


Mena Suvari


Kerry Washington


John Waters


Michelle Williams


Debra Winger

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