In honor of the 25th anniversary of Film Independent's Spirit Awards, the event was moved from a tent on the beach in Santa Monica to a tent on the rooftop at LA Live overlooking LA. However, despite the downtown location and the LA backdrop, the Spirit Awards still had that indie feel to them, and the celebs and other assorted guests still seemed just a tad more relaxed than they are at the Oscars.
Eddie Izzard played host and a slew of stars took to the stage to hand out the 2010 Spirit Award trophies, most of which wound up going home with people associated with Precious. Director Lee Daniels, writer Geoffrey Fletcher, lead actress Gabourey Sidibe and supporting actress Mo'Nique were all winners in their respective categories, and Precious was named Best Feature Film.
The annual Spirit Awards honor films made for less than $20 million and help promote independent films to a wider audience.
2010 Spirit Award Nominees and WinnersBest Feature
500 Days of Summer
The Last Station
John Cassavetes Award (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
The New Year Parade
Best Supporting Male
Jemaine Clements, Gentlemen Broncos
WINNER: Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
Cristian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
Ramon McKinnon, That Evening Sun
Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
Best Foreign Film
WINNER: An Education
Robert Altman Award
Joel and Ethan Coen for A Serious Man