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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