Other major winners included "Margin Call" -- which took best first feature and the Robert Altman Award, and "The Descendants," which won best screenplay best supporting female.
The complete list of Spirit Award winners is below. Also check out our minute by minute rundown from the ceremony.
BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer)
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
BEST MALE LEAD
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)
BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Sophia Linn - "Take Shelter"
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Mark Jackson - "Without"
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Heather Courtney – "Where Soldiers Come From"