"Fargo" Captures The Spirit
by Eugene Hernandez
The 1997 Independent Spirit Awards were presented during a
ceremony in Santa Monica today. The Coen Brothers' "Fargo" was the big winner in a ceremony dotted with humor (keynoter Mike Leigh's definition of
independent: "To make a film without interference by boneheads.") and
touching emotion (a standing ovation for Muhammed Ali, with the tent
chanting: "Ali, Ali!"). indieWIRE will have a complete report by Eugene
Hernandez from LA in Monday's edition. The complete list of winners is as
BEST FEATURE (Producer): Ethan Coen/"Fargo"
FIRST FEATURE (Director): Billy Bob Thorton/"Sling Blade"
DIRECTOR: Joel Coen/"Fargo"
ACTRESS: Frances McDormand/"Fargo"
ACTOR: William H. Macy/"Fargo"
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Elizabeth Pena/"Lone Star"
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Benico Del Toro/"Basquiat"
DEBUT PERFORMANCE: Heather Matarazzo/"Welcome To The Dollhouse"
SCREENPLAY: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen/"Fargo"
FIRST SCREENPLAY: Joseph Tropiano, Stanley Tucci/"Big Night"
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger Deakins/"Fargo"
FOREIGN FILM (Director): Mike Leigh/"Secrets & Lies"
SWATCH SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD: Larry Fesenden
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD: Leon Gast/"When We Were Kings"
[indieWIRE was on the scene at the event and will present complete coverage
in Monday's edition.]