The 26th Film Independent Spirit Awards handed out top honors to two Tisch School of the Arts filmmakers from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television when it held its annual ceremony in Los Angeles (Feb. 26). James Franco '11 (MFA candidate) received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for his portrayal of Aron Ralston in 127 Hours.
Writer/director Nicole Holofcener '84 (BFA) was presented with The Robert Altman Award by IFC. The Award is given to one film's director, casting director, and ensemble cast. Holofcener's Please Give received this award, along with casting director Jeanne McCarthy and ensemble cast members Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, and Sarah Steele.
"We are all tremendously proud of our winners and nominees,” said Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts. “These accolades underscore the collaborative approach that our students and faculty pursue in training."