20th Independent Spirit Awards

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20th Independent Spirit Awards
DateFebruary 26, 2005
Hosted bySamuel L. Jackson
Best FilmSideways
Most awardsSideways (6)
Most nominationsSideways (6)

The 20th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent filmmaking for 2004, were announced on February 26, 2005. It was hosted by Samuel L. Jackson.[1][2][3][4]

Nominees and winners[edit]

Best Feature[edit]


Best First Feature[edit]

Garden State

Best Director[edit]

Alexander PayneSideways

Best Male Lead[edit]

Paul GiamattiSideways

Best Female Lead[edit]

Catalina Sandino MorenoMaria Full of Grace

Best Supporting Male[edit]

Thomas Haden ChurchSideways

Best Supporting Female[edit]

Virginia MadsenSideways

Best Screenplay[edit]

SidewaysAlexander Payne and Jim Taylor

Best First Screenplay[edit]

Maria Full of GraceJoshua Marston

Best Cinematography[edit]

The Motorcycle DiariesEric Gautier

Best Foreign Film[edit]

The Sea InsideSpain

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Best Debut Performance[edit]

Rodrigo de la SernaThe Motorcycle Diaries

John Cassavetes Award[edit]

Mean Creek

Truer Than Fiction Award[edit]

Born into Brothels

Producers Award[edit]

Gina Kwon – The Good Girl, Me and You and Everyone We Know and The Motel

Someone to Watch Award[edit]

Jem CohenChain

  • Bryan Poyser – Dear Pillow
  • Jennifer Reeves – The Time We Killed

Special Distinction Award[edit]

Films with multiple nominations[edit]

  • Sideways-6
  • Maria Full of Grace-5
  • Brother to Brother-4
  • Kinsey-4
  • Primer-4
  • Robbing Peter-4
  • Badasssss!-3
  • The Motorcycle Diaries-3
  • Napoleon Dynamite-3
  • The Woodsman-3
  • Cavedweller-2
  • The Door in the Floor-2
  • Down to the Bone-2
  • Garden State-2
  • On the Outs-2
  • Redemption-2
  • Saints and Soldiers-2
  • Woman Thou Art Loosed-2

Films with multiple wins[edit]

  • Sideways-6
  • Maria Full of Grace-2
  • Mean Creek-2
  • The Motorcycle Diaries-2


  1. ^ "Independent bids for Spirit Awards". Los Angeles Times. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  2. ^ ""Sideways" and "Maria Full of Grace" Lead Spirit Award Nominations". indieWire. 2004-12-01. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  3. ^ "Spirit Awards Toasts 'Sideways' With Sweep of Six Major Categories". Los Angeles Times. 2005-02-27. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  4. ^ "Sideways Wins Six at Independent Spirit Awards". IndieWire. 2005-02-28. Retrieved 2012-08-21.

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