SPOILER ALERT -- If you want to be surprised when you watch the Film Independent Spirit Awards later tonight, stop reading.
And the Film Independent Spirit Award for best first feature goes to ... Pittsburgh native Stephen Chbosky for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” It could not happen to a nicer, more deserving guy.
Mr. Chbosky, who adapted and directed the movie based on his novel, emerged from a field that included “Fill the Void,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” “Sound of My Voice” and “Gimme the Loot.” He was honored at the awards show held today in a beachside tent in Santa Monica, Calif.
"Perks" is set in Pittsburgh and was shot here with a cast led by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.
“Silver Linings Playbook” was the big winner of the day. It was crowned best feature, David O. Russell won for his directing and screenplay and Jennifer Lawrence was named best actress.
Other winners include:
Best actor: John Hawkes, “The Sessions.”
Best supporting actress: Helen Hunt, “The Sessions.”
Best supporting actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Magic Mike.”
Best international film: “Amour.”
Documentary: “The Invisible War.”
Cinematography: “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
First screenplay: Derek Connolly, “Safety Not Guaranteed.”
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