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February 25, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

Sunday’s Oscars may well wind up focusing on darker cinematic fare, but Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards belonged to the blockbuster indie comedy that took everyone by surprise this awards season. The Jason Reitman-directed Juno was a huge winner at this year’s indie kudofest, taking home the prize for best feature, best female lead for Oscar nominee Ellen Page, and best first screenplay for Diablo Cody. The Savages, another Fox Searchlight feature, also came up big, grabbing best male lead for Philip Seymour Hoffman and best screenplay for Tamara Jenkins. In other major categories, Julian Schnabel won best director for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Cate Blanchett won best supporting female for her gender-bending portrayal of Bob Dylan in I’m Not There, and Chiwetel Ejiofor got best supporting male for Talk to Me.

The 2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Best Feature
Juno

Best Director
Julian Schnabel
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Female Lead
Ellen Page
Juno

Best Male Lead
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Savages

Best Supporting Female
Cate Blanchett
I?m Not There

Best Supporting Male
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Talk To Me

Best Screenplay
Tamara Jenkins
The Savages

Best First Feature
The Lookout
Director: Scott Frank

Best First Screenplay
Diablo Cody
Juno

Best Foreign Film
Once

Best Documentary
Crazy Love

type
Movie
Genre
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
91 minutes
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Studio
Fox Searchlight Pictures
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