The 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced today at the Sofitel Hotel in West Hollywood. FI’s Executive Director, Dawn Hudson, opened the event and introduced this year’s nomination presenters, Sandra Oh and Jason Bateman. A number of favorites picked up multiple nominations including Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Frozen River, and Rachel Getting Married. The recently released Gus Van Zant film, MILK, received four nominations; Best First Screenplay, Dustin Lance Black, Best Cinematography, Harris Savides, and two acting noms, James Franco, Best Male Supporting, and Sean Penn, Best Male Lead. Milk had an incredible limited release opening weekend screening in only 36 theatres with a $40,000.00+ per screen average. This is a must see film opening wide this weekend.
Film Independent’s Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring films and filmakers who embody independence and who dare to challenge the status quo. The Spirit Awards will air on Saturday, February 21, 2009, at 5:00 pm on IFC (Independent Film Channel).