Juno shines at Indie Spirit Awards

February 24th, 2008 - 3:13 pm ICT by admin  

Angelina Jolie

London, Feb 24 (ANI): Quirky comedy Juno dominated the Independent Spirit Awards on Feb 23, winning a total of three awards, including best film.

The hit comedy about a pregnant teenage girl garnered prizes for best feature film, best actress for Canadian newcomer Ellen Page and best first screenplay for stripper-turned-writer Diablo Cody.

“This is so, so special. This is pretty much Diablo Cody’s fault,” BBC quoted Page, as saying.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman won best male lead for playing a son dealing with an aging father in The Savages, while Cate Blanchett won the best supporting actress award for her role in I’m Not There.

The actress dedicated her award to co-star Heath Ledger, who died following an accidental drug overdose last month. Blanchett described Ledger as a “beautiful free spirit”.

Chiwetel Ejiofor won the award for best supporting male role for Talk to Me.

Best cinematography gong went to Janusz Kaminski for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

The best director award went to Julian Schnabel, also for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, while best documentary went to Crazy Love.

Page and Cody are also nominated for Oscars, along with director Jason Reitman, while the movie also competes in the best picture category against darker fare such as No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Michael Clayton and Atonement.

Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale, Colin Firth, Sienna Miller, Tom Wilkinson and Meg Ryan were amongst the stars at the event in Santa Monica.

The independent spirit awards are the top prizes in the independent movie world in the US. (ANI)

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