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The Independent Spirit Awards, founded in 1984, is dedicated to independent filmmakers. The Awards are presented by Film Independent, a non-profit organization dedicated to independent film and independent filmmakers. Winners were typically presented with acrylic glass pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films.

108 facts:

Alan Arkin
   won the Spirit award for   
Little Miss Sunshine
2006 - Best Supporting Male
Alfre Woodard
   won the Spirit award for   
Passion Fish
1992 - Best Supporting Female
Ally Sheedy
   won the Spirit award for   
High Art
1998 - Best Lead Female
Amy Adams
   won the Spirit award for   
Junebug
2005 - Best Supporting Female
Andie MacDowell
   won the Spirit award for   
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
1989 - Best Lead Female
Anjelica Huston
   won the Spirit award for   
The Dead
1987 - Best Supporting Female
Anjelica Huston
   won the Spirit award for   
The Grifters
1990 - Best Lead Female
Ashley Judd
   won the Spirit award for   
Ruby in Paradise
1993 - Best Lead Female
Benicio Del Toro
   won the Spirit award for   
Basquiat
1996 - Best Supporting Male
Benicio Del Toro
   won the Spirit award for   
The Usual Suspects
1995 - Best Supporting Male
Bill Murray
   won the Spirit award for   
Lost in Translation
2003 - Best Male Lead
Bill Murray
   won the Spirit award for   
Rushmore
1998 - Best Supporting Male
Bruce Davison
   won the Spirit award for   
Longtime Companion
1990 - Best Supporting Male
Carrie-Anne Moss
   won the Spirit award for   
Memento
2001 - Best Supporting Female
Catalina Sandino Moreno
   won the Spirit award for   
Maria Full of Grace
2004 - Best Lead Female
Cate Blanchett
   won the Spirit award for   
I'm Not There
2007 - Best Supporting Female
Charlize Theron
   won the Spirit award for   
Monster
2003 - Best Lead Female
Chazz Palminteri
   won the Spirit award for   
Bullets Over Broadway
1994 - Best Supporting Male
Chiwetel Ejiofor
   won the Spirit award for   
Talk To Me
2007 - Best Supporting Male
Chloë Sevigny
   won the Spirit award for   
Boys Don't Cry
1999 - Best Supporting Female
Christopher Lloyd
   won the Spirit award for   
Twenty Bucks
1993 - Best Supporting Male
Christopher Plummer
   won the Spirit award for   
Beginners
2011 - Best Supporting Male
Dale Dickey
   won the Spirit award for   
Winter's Bone
2010 - Best Supporting Female
Danny Glover
   won the Spirit award for   
To Sleep With Anger
1990 - Best Male Lead
David Strathairn
   won the Spirit award for   
City of Hope
1991 - Best Supporting Male
Debbi Morgan
   won the Spirit award for   
Eve's Bayou
1997 - Best Supporting Female
Dennis Quaid
   won the Spirit award for   
The Big Easy
1987 - Best Male Lead
Dennis Quaid
   won the Spirit award for   
Far from Heavan
2002 - Best Supporting Male
Derek Luke
   won the Spirit award for   
Antwone Fisher
2002 - Best Male Lead
Diane Ladd
   won the Spirit award for   
Rambling Rose
1991 - Best Supporting Female
Dianne Wiest
   won the Spirit award for   
Bullets Over Broadway
1994 - Best Supporting Female
Djimon Hounsou
   won the Spirit award for   
In America
2003 - Best Supporting Male
Edward James Olmos
   won the Spirit award for   
Stand and Deliver
1988 - Best Male Lead
Elisabeth Shue
   won the Spirit award for   
Leaving Las Vegas
1995 - Best Lead Female
Elizabeth Peña
   won the Spirit award for   
Lone Star
1996 - Best Supporting Female
Ellen Burstyn
   won the Spirit award for   
Requiem for a Dream
2000 - Best Lead Female
Ellen Page
   won the Spirit award for   
Juno
2007 - Best Lead Female
Emily Mortimer
   won the Spirit award for   
Lovely & Amazing
2002 - Best Supporting Female
Fairuza Balk
   won the Spirit award for   
Gas Food Lodging
1992 - Best Lead Female
Felicity Huffman
   won the Spirit award for   
Transamerica
2005 - Best Lead Female
Frances McDormand
   won the Spirit award for   
Fargo
1996 - Best Lead Female
Frances McDormand
   won the Spirit award for   
Friends With Money
2006 - Best Supporting Female
Gabourey Sidibe
   won the Spirit award for   
Precious
2009 - Best Lead Female
Geraldine Page
   won the Spirit award for   
The Trip to Bountiful
1985 - Best Lead Female
Harvey Keitel
   won the Spirit award for   
Bad Lieutenant
1992 - Best Male Lead
Helen Hunt
   won the Spirit award for   
The Sessions
2012 - Best Supporting Female
Hilary Swank
   won the Spirit award for   
Boys Don't Cry
1999 - Best Lead Female
Ian McKellen
   won the Spirit award for   
Gods and Monsters
1998 - Best Male Lead
Isabella Rossellini
   won the Spirit award for   
Blue Velvet
1986 - Best Lead Female
James Franco
   won the Spirit award for   
Milk
2008 - Best Supporting Male
James Frano
   won the Spirit award for   
127 Hours
2010 - Best Male Lead
James Woods
   won the Spirit award for   
Salvador
1986 - Best Male Lead
Jason Lee
   won the Spirit award for   
Chasing Amy
1997 - Best Supporting Male
Javier Bardem
   won the Spirit award for   
Before Night Fals
2000 - Best Male Lead
Jean Dujardin
   won the Spirit award for   
The Artist
2011 - Best Male Lead
Jeff Bridges
   won the Spirit award for   
American Heart
1993 - Best Male Lead
Jeff Bridges
   won the Spirit award for   
Crazy Heart
2009 - Best Male Lead
Jennifer Lawrence
   won the Spirit award for   
Silver Linings Playbook
2012 - Best Lead Female
Jodie Foster
   won the Spirit award for   
Five Corners
1988 - Best Lead Female
John Hawkes
   won the Spirit award for   
The Sessions
2012 - Best Male Lead
John Hawkes
   won the Spirit award for   
Winter's Bone
2010 - Best Suporting Male
Judy Davis
   won the Spirit award for   
Impromptu
1991 - Best Lead Female
Julianne Moore
   won the Spirit award for   
Far from Heavan
2002 - Best Lead Female
Julie Christie
   won the Spirit award for   
Afterglow
1997 - Best Lead Female
Laura San Giacomo
   won the Spirit award for   
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
1989 - Best Supporting Female
Lili Taylor
   won the Spirit award for   
Household Saints
1993 - Best Supporting Female
Linda Fiorentino
   won the Spirit award for   
The Last Seduction
1994 - Best Lead Female
Lou Diamond Phillips
   won the Spirit award for   
Stand and Deliver
1988 - Best Supporting Male
Lynn Redgrave
   won the Spirit award for   
Gods and Monsters
1998 - Best Supporting Female
Mare Winningham
   won the Spirit award for   
Georgia
1995 - Best Supporting Female
Matt Dillon
   won the Spirit award for   
Crash
2005 - Best Supporting Male
Matt Dillon
   won the Spirit award for   
Drugstore Cowboy
1989 - Best Male Lead
Matthew McConaughey
   won the Spirit award for   
Magic Mike
2012 -- Best Supporting Male
Max Perlich
   won the Spirit award for   
Drugstore Cowboy
1989 - Best Supporting Male
Melissa Leo
   won the Spirit award for   
Frozen River
2008 - Best Lead Female
M. Emmet Walsh
   won the Spirit award for   
Blood Simple
1985 - Best Male Lead
Michelle Williams
   won the Spirit award for   
My Week With Marilyn
2011 - Best Lead Female
Mickey Rourke
   won the Spirit award for   
The Wrestler
2008 - Best Male Lead
Mo'Nique
   won the Spirit award for   
Precious
2009 - Best Supporting Female
Morgan Freeman
   won the Spirit award for   
Street Smart
1987 - Best Supporting Male
Natalie Portman
   won the Spirit award for   
Black Swan
2010 - Best Lead Female
Paul Giamatti
   won the Spirit award for   
Sideways
2004 - Best Male Lead
Penélope Cruz
   won the Spirit award for   
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2008 - Best Supporting Female
Philip Seymour Hoffman
   won the Spirit award for   
Capote
2005 - Best Male Lead
Philip Seymour Hoffman
   won the Spirit award for   
The Savages
2007 - Best Male Lead
Richard Farnsworth
   won the Spirit award for   
The Straight Story
1999 - Best Male Lead
River Rhoenix
   won the Spirit award for   
My Own Private Idaho
1991 - Best Male Lead
Robert Duval
   won the Spirit award for   
The Apostle
1997 - Best Male Lead
Rosanna DeSoto
   won the Spirit award for   
Stand and Deliver
1988 - Best Supporting Female
Ryan Gosling
   won the Spirit award for   
Half Nelson
2006 - Best Male Lead
Sally Kirkland
   won the Spirit award for   
Anna
1987 - Best Lead Female
Samuel L. Jackson
   won the Spirit award for   
Pulp Fiction
1994 - Best Male Lead
Sean Penn
   won the Spirit award for   
Dead Man Walking
1995 - Best Male Lead
Shailene Woodley
   won the Spirit award for   
The Descendants
2011 - Best Supporting Female
Shareeka Epps
   won the Spirit award for   
Half Nelson
2006 - Best Lead Female
Sheryl Lee Ralph
   won the Spirit award for   
To Sleep With Anger
1990 - Best Supporting Female
Shohreh Aghdashloo
   won the Spirit award for   
House of Sand and Fog
2003 - Best Supporting Female
Sissy Spacek
   won the Spirit award for   
In the Bedroom
2001 - Best Lead Female
Steve Buscemi
   won the Spirit award for   
Ghost World
2001 - Best Supporting Male
Steve Buscemi
   won the Spirit award for   
Reservoir Dogs
1992 - Best Supporting Male
Steve Zahn
   won the Spirit award for   
Happy, Texas
1999 - Best Supporting Male
Thomas Haden Church
   won the Spirit award for   
Sideways
2004 - Best Supporting Male
Tom Wilkinson
   won the Spirit award for   
In the Bedroom
2001 - Best Male Lead
Virginia Madsen
   won the Spirit award for   
Sideways
2004 - Best Supporting Female
Willem Dafoe
   won the Spirit award for   
Shadow of the Vampire
2000 - Best Supporting Male
William H. Macy
   won the Spirit award for   
Fargo
1996 - Best Male Lead
Woody Harrelson
   won the Spirit award for   
The Messenger
2009 - Best Supporting Actor
Zhang Ziyi
   won the Spirit award for   
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
2000 - Best Supporting Female


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