SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 24 (UPI) -- "Memento" and "In the Bedroom" -- independent films that competed with larger studio productions throughout most of this year's awards season -- dominated the proceedings at the 17th Independent Spirit Awards, presented Saturday in Santa Monica.
The Independent Feature Project West, a nonprofit organization for filmmakers, presented its top three awards to "Memento." It won for best feature and writer-director Christopher Nolan won for best director and screenplay.
"In the Bedroom" director Todd Field won for best first feature, and Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson were named best actress and actor for their performance as a grieving couple who find it almost impossible to cope with the tragic death of their son.
"Memento" co-star Carrie Anne Moss also won for best supporting actress. Steve Buscemi was named best supporting actor for his performance in "Ghost World," which also won a best first screenplay award for Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff.
"In the Bedroom" is up for five Academy Awards on Sunday, including best picture, adapted screenplay, actor, actress and supporting actress (Marisa Tomei).
"Memento" is nominated for two Oscars -- film editing and original screenplay.
"I want to say to all of you independent filmmakers out there," said Spacek in her acceptance speech, "it's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters but the size of the fight in the dog."
Wilkinson said that whatever happens at the Oscars "will be an anticlimax."
"Amélie," the French entry, won for best foreign film. "Amélie" is also up for five Oscars, including best foreign-language film.