“Wrestler”, “Frozen River” top Spirit Awards

The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards ended just over a half hour ago, and I have to say it was the BEST, most hilarious awards show i've seen in some time. Steve Coogan did a brilliant job as host – that says A LOT because I can't STAND him as an actor – and the event was filled with the true superstars of independent film.

"The Wrestler" surprised it's critics by taking Best Feature over "Frozen River", while those films two leads, Mickey Rourke and Melissa Leo took home lead actor and actress – both are also nominated for Oscars tomorrow evening.

We'll have complete coverage of the Spirit Awards on our special Awards Wrap Up edition of Subject:CINEMA on Monday evening.

The winners:

Supporting male, James Franco "Milk"

First screenplay, Dustin Lance Black, "Milk"

First feature Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York"

Supporting female Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

John Cassavetes Award, given to the best feature made for less than $500,000, Alex Holdridge's "In Search of a Midnight Kiss"

Documentary, James Marsh's "Man on Wire"

Female lead, Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"

Acura Someone to Watch Award, Lynn Shelton, "My Effortless Brilliance"

Piaget Producers Award, Heather Rae, "Frozen River"

Lacoste Truer Than Fiction Award, Margaret Brown, "The Order of Myths"

Screenplay, Woody Allen, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Foreign film, Laurent Cantet's "The Class"

Cinematographer, Maryse Alberti, "The Wrestler"

Robert Altman Award, given to film's director, casting director and its ensemble cast, "Synecdoche, New York"

Male lead, Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"

Director, Tom McCarthy, "The Visitor"

Picture, "The Wrestler," producers Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin