Wine-drinking comedy SIDEWAYS was the toast of the 20th annual INDEPENDENT Spirit Awards in California yesterday (25FEB05), claiming six of the ceremony's prizes.

The film's stars Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Paul Giamatti were all winners, as was director Alexander Payne and the film itself.

Double winners at the ceremony were the indie movies Mean Creek, THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES and MARIA FULL OF GRACE.

The full list of winners is:


Best Feature - SIDEWAYS

Best Male Lead - PAUL GIAMATTI (SIDEWAYS) Best Female Lead - Catalina Sandino Moreno (MARIA FULL OF GRACE) Best Supporting Male - THOMAS HADEN CHURCH (SIDEWAYS) Best Supporting Actress - VIRGINIA MADSEN (SIDEWAYS) Best First Feature - Zach Braff (Garden State) Best First Screenplay - Joshua Marston (MARIA FULL OF GRACE) Best Screenplay - ALEXANDER PAYNE and Jim Taylor (SIDEWAYS) Best Cinematography - ERIC GAUTIER (The Motorcycle Diaries)

Best Foreign Film - The Sea Inside

Best Documentary - Metallica: SOME KIND OF MONSTER

Producers Award - Gina Kwon

Truer Than Fiction Award - ZANA BRISKI and ROSS KAUFFMAN

Someone To Watch Award - Jem Cohen

Special Distinction Award - Cast of MEAN CREEK

Best Debut Performance - Rodrigo de la Serna (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES)

John Cassavetes Award - MEAN CREEK.

27/02/2005 11:13