In what might be a portent of Sunday's Academy Awards, Jean Dujardin took home to the trophy for Best Male Lead for his portrayal of Hollywood silent era star George Valentin. The French actor recently won a BAFTA, Cannes Film Festival award, SAG and Golden Globe for the role.
"I first came to the Independent Spirit Awards 10 years ago and I wore my own clothes back then, which were not very good, and I cut my own hair, which was also not very good, but I still remember the feeling that in this room, unlike others, that it was OK — possibly even preferred," Williams, who's also up for an Oscar, said on stage. "Thank you for supporting me and welcoming me and making me feel like home in this room and in this community all the way back then and now."
Check out a full list of winners:
Best Film: The Artist
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best Female Lead: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best Male Lead: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Female Supporting: Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Male Supporting: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Screenplay: The Descendants
Best First Screenplay: Will Reiser, 50/50
Best First Feature: Margin Call
Best Cinematography: Guilaume Schiffman, The Artist
Best Documentary: The Interrupters
Best International Film: A Separation