24th Independent Spirit Awards

The 24th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent filmmaking for 2008, were announced on February 21, 2009. It was hosted by Steve Coogan.[1][2][3][4][5]

24th Independent Spirit Awards
DateFebruary 21, 2009
Hosted bySteve Coogan
Best FilmThe Wrestler
Most awardsThe Wrestler (3)
Most nominationsBallast (6)
Rachel Getting Married (6)

Winners and nomineesEdit

Tom McCarthy, Best Director winner
Mickey Rourke, Best Male Lead winner
Melissa Leo, Best Female Lead winner
James Franco, Best Supporting Male winner
Penélope Cruz, Best Supporting Female winner
Woody Allen, Best Screenplay winner
Best Feature Best Director
The Wrestler Tom McCarthyThe Visitor
Best Male Lead Best Female Lead
Mickey RourkeThe Wrestler Melissa LeoFrozen River
Best Supporting Male Best Supporting Female
James FrancoMilk Penélope CruzVicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Screenplay Best First Screenplay
Vicky Cristina BarcelonaWoody Allen MilkDustin Lance Black
Best First Feature Best Documentary
Synecdoche, New York Man on Wire
Best Cinematography Best Foreign Film
The WrestlerMaryse Alberti The ClassFrance

Films with multiple nominations and awardsEdit

Films that received multiple nominations
Nominations Film
6 Ballast
Frozen River
Rachel Getting Married
4 Milk
3 The Visitor
The Wrestler
2 Chop Shop
The Hurt Locker
Wendy and Lucy
Sangre de Mi Sangre
Synecdoche, New York
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Films that won multiple awards
Awards Film
3 The Wrestler
2 Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Special AwardsEdit

John Cassavetes AwardEdit

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Truer Than Fiction AwardEdit

The Order of Myths

Producers AwardEdit

Heather RaeFrozen River and Ibid

Someone to Watch AwardEdit

Lynn SheltonMy Effortless Brilliance

Robert Altman AwardEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Spirit Award nominees announced". Variety. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  2. ^ ""River," "Rachel," "Ballast" Lead Spirit Award Nominations". indieWire. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  3. ^ "'The Wrestler' tops Spirit Awards". Variety. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  4. ^ ""The Wrestler" Leads 2009 Spirit Award Winners". indieWire. 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  5. ^ "'The Wrestler' wins at Film Independent's Spirit Awards". The Envelope. 2009-02-22. Retrieved 2012-08-25.