2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards: Winners

Best Feature

  • Black Swan

Best Male

  • James Franco (127 Hours)

Best Female

  • Natalie Portman (Black Swan)

Best Supporting Male

  • John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)

Best Supporting Female

  • Dale Dickey (Winter’s Bone)

Best Director

  • Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)

Best Cinematography

  • Black Swan

Best First Feature

  • Get Low

Best Documentary

  • Exit Through The Gift Shop

Best Foreign Film

  • The King’s Speech

Robert Altman Award

  • Please Give

John Cassavetes Award

  • Daddy Longlegs

Best First Screenplay

  • Tiny Furniture

Best Screenplay

  • The Kids Are All Right
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DVD Releases: January 10, 2011

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Director – Daniel Alfredson

Starring – Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist and Lena Endre

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Director – Paul W. S. Anderson

Starring – Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller

Catfish

Director – Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

Starring – Megan Faccio, Melody C. Roscher and Ariel Schulman

Gainsbourg

Director – Joann Sfar

Starring – Eric Elmosnino, Lucy Gordon and Laetitia Casta

I’m Still Here

Director – Casey Affleck

Starring – Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck and Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs

Please Give

Director – Nicole Holofcener

Starring – Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt

F

Director – Johannes Roberts

Starring – David Schofield, Eliza Bennett and Ruth Gemmell

Brilliantlove

Director – Ashley Horner

Starring – Arabella Arnott, Stephen Bent and Liam Browne

Baaria

Director – Giuseppe Tornatore

Starring – Francesco Scianna, Margareth Madè and Raoul Bova

Feature: Top Ten Films Of 2010

In total I’ve seen a lot of films in 2010, but here are the ten I consider my favourite:

1. The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech is an altogether clever, humorous and emotional film, supported by tremendous performances from it’s central cast. A must see, by all accounts.

2. The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right a fantastic film, exuding charm, wit, love, insecurity and anguish at every appropriate corner. In essence, it’s a film about the struggles of human relationships, and shows a family’s love has the potential to overcome any obstacle.

3. The Social Network

The Social Network is a film that deserves your attention. It’s not only a film about Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of Facebook, but also one of morality. One that requires your full attention and questions your beliefs and values;  but also one that rewards you with its passion, attention-to-detail and humourous nature.

4. Another Year

Mike Leigh’s measured, and scarily realistic human nature drama is impossible to dismiss. Leigh’s laid-back approach let’s the characters and on-screen drama speak for itself. The central leads invite you into their lives and take you on a emotionally and wholly real journey through old-age. Lesley Manville, in particular, is breathtaking.

5. Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone is a film of true craftsmanship. Haunting, gritty, yet oddly inspiring, featuring a nuanced and captivating performance from newcomer Jennifer Lawrence.

6. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Edgar Wright stepped up his game with this genre-crossing comedy film. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World is a zany, mis-construed film that explores deep, poignant ideas, inter-cut with lots of crazy, heart-pounding action scenes, hundred of popular culture nods and hilariously odd performances from its central cast.

7. Toy Story 3

Defying expectations, Toy Story 3 proved sequels can be successful. Directed by the incredibly talented Lee Unkrich, the film manages to be a fitting, touching and honest conclusion to one of the most beloved, and inspiring, franchises of all time.

8. Inception

Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending science fiction, Inception is a singular accomplishment from an extraordinarily talented and game-changing director. It’s a visually stunning, intellectually challenging and emotionally engaging triumph, one that truly exemplifies modern filmmaking.

9. Monsters

Monsters is an incredible achievement in more ways than one, showcasing fine performances, an afflicting narrative, wholly real character interactions and special effects that rival those used on Blockbusters

10. I Am Love

Possibly one of the most overlooked films of the year, I Am Love is an incredibly well shot, acted, portrayed and directed. Tilda Swinton provided a flawless, and incredibly raw performance. One to seek out.

Honourable Mentions:

Easy A, How To Train Your Dragon, Four Lions, Kick-Ass, Piranha, Lebanon, Despicable Me, Bad Lieutenant – Port Of Call: New Orleans, The Runaways, Please Give, Cyrus, Splice, Mary & Max, The Hole, Exit Through The Gift Shop, The Killer Inside Me, The Illusionist, Whip It, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Somewhere, Dogtooth and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1.