17th Independent Spirit Awards

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The 17th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent filmmaking for 2001, were announced on March 23, 2002. It was hosted by John Waters.

Nominees and winners[edit]

Best Feature[edit]


Best First Feature[edit]

In the Bedroom

Best Director[edit]

Christopher NolanMemento

Best Male Lead[edit]

Tom WilkinsonIn the Bedroom

Best Female Lead[edit]

Sissy SpacekIn the Bedroom

Best Supporting Male[edit]

Steve BuscemiGhost World

Best Supporting Female[edit]

Carrie-Anne MossMemento

Best Screenplay[edit]

MementoChristopher Nolan

Best First Screenplay[edit]

Ghost WorldDaniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff

Best Cinematography[edit]

Mulholland DrivePeter Deming

Best Foreign Film[edit]


Best Documentary Feature[edit]

Dogtown and Z-Boys

Best Debut Performance[edit]

Paul Franklin DanoL.I.E.

John Cassavetes Award[edit]


Truer Than Fiction Award[edit]


Producers Award[edit]

Rene Bastian and Linda Moran – Martin & Orloff and L.I.E.

Someone to Watch Award[edit]

Debra EisenstadtDaydream Believer

  • DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter – Lift
  • Michael Gilio – Kwik Stop
  • David Maquiling – Too Much Sleep


  • "Spirits fly to 'L.I.E.'". Variety. 2002-01-08. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  • "Spirit Awards Tilt Toward True Independence". Los Angeles Times. 2002-01-09. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  • "'Memento' tops Indie Spirit Awards". Variety. 2002-03-23. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  • "'Memento' Makes Memories at the Independent Spirit Awards". Los Angeles Times. 2002-03-24. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  • "Declaration of Independents". Entertainment Weekly. 2002-03-27. Retrieved 2012-08-19.
  • ""Memento" Has the Spirit". E! Online. 2002-03-23. Retrieved 2012-08-19.

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