"Lost In Translation" Tops Independent Spirit Awards, "Station Agent" Another Big Winner
by Eugene Hernandez
"Lost in Translation" was the big winner at the 2004 IFP Independent Spirit Awards, winning the prize for best feature, while Sofia Coppola won awards for best director and best screenplay, and Bill Murray nabbed the prize for best male lead. The awards were presented Saturday on the beach in Santa Monica, CA.
"The Station Agent" was another top winner, garnering the John Cassavetes Award for best feature made for under $500,000, the best first screenplay prize for Tom McCarthy, and producer Mary Jane Skalski took home the $20,000 cash award included with the Producers Award filmmaker grant. "Monster" and "In America" each won a pair of awards at the ceremony.
The other filmmaker grants, each including a $20,000 unrestricted cash award, went to a doc and narrative filmmaker. Andrew Bujalski, director of "Funny Ha Ha," won the Turning Leaf Someone To Watch Award, while Megan Mylan & Jon Shenk, directors of "Lost Boys of Sudan," won the DIRECTV / IFC Truer Than Fiction Award.
More than 1,300 guests gathered for the Spirit Awards, a major annual fundraiser for the Independent Feature Project that recognizes the best in independent film, on the eve of the annual Academy Awards. The ceremony was broadcast live on the IFC and later on Bravo.
[indieWIRE will have additional coverage of the Independent Spirit Awards on Monday.]
The complete list of winners follows:
BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer*)
"Lost in Translation," Producers: Sofia Coppola, Ross Katz
"Lost in Translation," Sofia Coppola
"Lost in Translation," Writer: Sofia Coppola
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the Director and Producer)
Director: Patty Jenkins
Producers: Mark Damon, Donald Kushner, Clark Peterson, Charlize Theron, Brad
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the
Writer, Director, and Producer*)
"The Station Agent"
Writer/Director: Thomas McCarthy
Producers: Mary Jane Skalski, Robert May, Kathryn Tucker
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
"The Station Agent," Writer: Thomas McCarthy
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Charlize Theron, "Monster"
BEST MALE LEAD
Bill Murray, "Lost in Translation"
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Shohreh Aghdashloo, "House of Sand and Fog"
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Djimon Hounsou, "In America"
BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE (Actors in their first significant role in
a feature film)
Nikki Reed, "Thirteen"
"In America," Declan Quinn
BEST FOREIGN FILM
(Award given to the Director)
"Whale Rider" (New Zealand), Director: Niki Caro
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the Director)
"The Fog of War," Director: Errol Morris
FILMMAKER GRANT NOMINEES
Turning Leaf Someone To Watch Award: Andrew Bujalski, director of "Funny
DIRECTV / IFC Truer Than Fiction Award: Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk,
directors of "Lost Boys of Sudan"
Producers Award: Mary Jane Skalski, producer of "The Station Agent" and
"The Jimmy Show"
* Executive Producers are not listed.