"Sideways" was the big winner at the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards held on a beach in Santa Monica, CA on Feb. 26, 2005. "Sideways" scored wins for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead (Paul Giamatti), Best Supporting Male (Thomas Haden Church), Best Supporting Female (Virginia Madsen) and Best Screenplay.
20th IFP INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINEES AND WINNERS
WINNER: "Sideways" - Writers: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
"Baadasssss!" - Writers: Mario Van Peebles & Dennis Haggerty
"Before Sunset" - Writers: Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke
"The Door in the Floor" - Writer: Tod Williams
"Kinsey" - Writer: Bill Condon
BEST FIRST FEATURE:
WINNER: "Garden State" - Director: Zach Braff, Producers: Pamela Abdy, Gary Gilbert, Dan Halsted, and Richard Klubeck
"Brother to Brother" - Director: Rodney Evans, Producers: Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, Isen Robbins, and Aimee Schoof
"Napoleon Dynamite" - Director: Jared Hess, Producers: Jeremy Coon, Sean C. Covel, and Chris Wyatt
"Saints and Soldiers" - Director: Ryan Little, Producers: Adam Abel and Ryan Little
"The Woodsman" - Director: Nicole Kassell, Producer: Lee Daniels
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY:
WINNER: "Maria Full of Grace" - Writer: Joshua Marston
"Brother to Brother" - Writer: Rodney Evans
"Garden State" - Writer: Zach Braff
"Primer" - Writer: Shane Carruth
"Robbing Peter" - Writer: Mario F. de la Vega
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD: (Given to the best feature made for $500,000)
WINNER: "Mean Creek"
"Down to the Bone"
"On the Outs"
BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE:
WINNER: Rodrigo de la Serna - "The Motorcycle Diaries"
Anthony Mackie - "Brother to Brother"
Louie Olivos, Jr. - "Robbing Peter"
Hannah Pilkes - "The Woodsman"
David Sullivan - "Primer"
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE:
WINNER: Virginia Madsen - "Sideways"
Cate Blanchett - "Coffee and Cigarettes"
Loretta Devine - "Woman Thou Art Loosed"
Robin Simmons - "Robbing Peter"
Yenny Paola Vega - "Maria Full of Grace"
BEST FEMALE LEAD:
WINNER: Catalina Sandino Moreno - "Maria Full of Grace"
Kimberly Elise - "Woman Thou Art Loosed"
Vera Farmiga - "Down to the Bone"
Judy Marte - "On the Outs"
Kyra Sedgwick - "Cavedweller"
BEST FOREIGN FILM:
WINNER: "The Sea Inside" - Spain, Director: Alejandro Amenábar
"Bad Education" - Spain, Director: Pedro Almodóvar
"Oasis" South Korea, Director: Lee Chang-Dong
"Red Lights" - France, Director: Cédric Kahn
"Yesterday" South Africa, Director: Darrell James Roodt
WINNER: "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" - Directors: Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky
"Bright Leaves" - Director: Ross McElwee
"Chisholm 72: Unbought & Unbossed" - Director: Shola Lynch
"Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust" - Directors: Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky
"Tarnation" - Director: Jonathan Caouette
SPECIAL DISTINCTION: Ensemble Cast
"Mean Creek" - Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, and Carly Schroeder