Spirit Awards 2011 Winners: Black Swan wins 4 prizes

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“Black Swan” won 4 awards at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards.

The ballet thriller flick took home Best Picture, Best Director (Darren Aronofsky), Best Actress (Natalie Portman) and Best Cinematography (Matthew Libatique).

Aronofsky and Portman joked about their difficulties in pushing ‘Black Swan’ forward during production, revealing that only a few people believed the film could get its money back. Portman said, “My ballet teachers were, like, every day, ‘So when do we get paid?” Aronofsky explained he was blessed with great actors who gave the film a chance, particularly Portman as he gave praise to Natalie saying, “To have this incredible performer give you everything she’s got and then train for a year. I’ll always be in debt to Miss Natalie Portman.”

James Franco, who serves as the host of the Oscars alongside Anne Hathaway, won the Best Actor award for his survival film “127 Hours.” John Hawkes and Dale Dickey won supporting acting awards for the Ozarks crime story “Winter’s Bone.” The British monarchy saga, “The King’s Speech,” took home the prize for ‘Best Foreign Film.’

Black Swan, 127 Hours, Winter’s Bone and The King’s Speech all competed at the Academy Awards.

Photos by WENN

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