Mickey Rourke is King of Independent Spirit Awards Ring


Feb. 21 2009, Published 11:55 a.m. ET

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Even if Mickey Rourke doesn't win the Oscar on Sunday night, he has earned a little bit of loving this weekend from the Hollywood community, as he took home the Best Male Lead trophy at the Independent Spirit Awards for his work in The Wrestler.

In a hilarious, profanity-filled acceptance speech, the controversial actor dedicated his award to his recently deceased dog, Loki, and singled at his pal Eric Roberts as the next actor deserving of a comeback vehicle.

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"Eric Roberts is the f***ing man and he deserves, like i got, a second chance," Mickey told the audience.

The year's comeback kid also made a joking (we hope) threat to The Office's Rainn Wilson, who had donned Mickey's Wrestler gear earlier in the ceremony to perform a song parody of the film. "I'm gonna beat your ass when I get outta here," he hollered toward the backstage area.

Mickey's speech inspired the night's final presenter, Alec Baldwin, to say, "I want back into the movie business so bad... I gotta get dog, start working out, drop a lotta f-bombs on live TV."

Additionally, The Wrestler won the night's big prize, Best Feature, and Best Cinematography for Maryse Alberti.

One of the night's other notable winners was Milk, which was honored with wins for James Franco in the Best Supporting Male category and Dustin Lance Black for First Screenplay.

In his acceptance speech, Black said he hopes the success of the film will help bring the issue of gay rights to the forefront, saying, "It's time to achieve Harvey Milk's dream and have full and equal rights for gay people across America."

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On a lighter note, Best Supporting Female winner Penélope Cruz regaled the audience with an amusing tale of how it was more important for Vicky Cristina Barcelona director Woody Allen to deal with the sudden appearance of a mole on his hand than it was to be on-set for the day she shot her much-hyped makeout scene with Scarlett Johansson.

Speaking of Penélope, when her fellow Supporting Female nominee Rosie Perez took the stage later to announce the Best Foreign Film winner, she declared, "I just wanna say that I hate Penélope Cruz... Congratulations, you fly bitch!"

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The complete list of Independent Spirit Winners:

Best Feature

The Wrestler

Best Director

Tom McCarthy/The Visitor

Best Male Lead

Mickey Rourke/The Wrestler

Best Female Lead

Melissa Leo/Frozen River

Best Supporting Male

James Franco/Milk

Best Supporting Female

Penelope Cruz/Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Screenplay

Woody Allen/Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Cinematography

Maryse Alberti/The Wrestler

Best First Feature

Synecdoche, New York

Best First Screenplay

Dustin Lance Black/Milk

Best Documentary

Man on Wire

Best Foreign Film

The Class

John Cassavetes Award

In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Someone to Watch Award

Lynn Shelton/My Effortless Brilliance

Producers Award

Heather Rae/Frozen River & Ibid

Truer Than Fiction Award

Margaret Brown/The Order of Myths

Robert Altman Award

Charlie Kaufman, Jeanne McCarthy, Ensemble Cast of Synecdoche, New York


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