The successful comedy about a pregnant teenager "Juno" dominates the 23rd Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 23 in Santa Monica, California as the low-budgeted film took the awards' three top honors. At the event, the Fox Searchlight Pictures' film has nailed the coveted Best Feature as well as Best First Screenplay for scribbler Diablo Cody.
The film's young star Ellen Page brought the third award for the Jason Reitman-directed film as she won Best Female Lead. In accepting the award, Page said, "This is so, so special." She then joked, "This is pretty much Diablo Cody's fault" Later, the 21-year-old actress talked about her success with the Oscar's Best Film-nominated movie to People. She said, "I'm just trying to go along with it, staying with a friend, having fun. Just trying to remove myself in a way, and remember it's about film ... These nominations are a huge honor. It's exciting."
The success of "Juno" was followed closely by "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "The Savages", both of which garnered two awards each. "Diving Bell" nailed Best Director for its helmer Julian Schnabel and Best Cinematographer for Janusz Kaminski, while "Savages" got Best Screenplay for Tamara Jenkins and Best Male Lead for Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Other winners include Chiwetel Ejiofor for his supporting performance in "Talk To Me" and Cate Blanchett for her role as Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There". In her acceptance speech, the actress who is expecting her third child dedicated her award to her late co-star Heath Ledger. The complete winner list can be read at FilmIndependent.org or see the partial list below.
The partial list of the 23rd Annual Spirit Awards' winners: