The best of independent cinema was celebrated at the Spirit Awards last night, where The Wrestler was named the Best Feature of the Year.
Tom McCarthy won Best Director for his work on the acclaimed picture The Visitor. Best First Feature went to Charlie Kaufman‘s Synecdoche, New York, while the John Cassavettes Award went to mumblecore hit In Search of a Midnight Kiss. The Class was named Best Foreign Film.
Oscar underdog Melissa Leo was named Best Actress for her starring role in Frozen River, while Oscar favourite Penelope Cruz won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Woody Allen also won Best Screenplay for VCB.
Now, please enjoy Mickey Rourke’s acceptance speech from the evening. Seriously – watch it.
WARNING: Coarse language and sexual references (I know, IN A SPEECH?!)
“Eric Roberts is the f*$king man.” Have truer words ever been said?