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'Precious' sweeps Spirit Awards

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preciousImage Credit: Everett CollectionPrecious was far and away the big winner at the Spirit Awards tonight in Los Angeles, winning all five categories in which it was nominated: Best Feature, Best Director (Lee Daniels), Best Female Lead (Gabourey Sidibe), Best Supporting Female (Mo’Nique), and Best First Screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher). Crazy Heart, meanwhile, picked up two big prizes: Best First Feature and Best Male Lead for Jeff Bridges. The Supporting Male prize went to The Messenger‘s Woody Harrelson, while Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber took home the Best Screenplay award for (500) Days of Summer. (Great job, guys!) Absent from tonight’s proceedings? The Hurt Locker, which was eligible last year, having played at several 2008 film festivals (it actually failed to earn a Best Feature nod). As Daniels put it during his Best Director acceptance speech: “Kathryn Bigelow’s not here tonight. I am.” Other winners included A Serious Man‘s Roger Deakins for Best Cinematography, Anvil! The Story of Anvil! for Best Documentary, and An Education for Best Foreign Film. (Yes, at the Spirit Awards, a UK/France coproduction, even though it’s entirely in English, is considered foreign.)

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