More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Congratulations, James and Dustin!
Yes, we're on a first-name basis with the men behind Milk, because we're thrilled to announce that both James Franco and Dustin Lance Black took home statuettes tonight at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Franco was given the honor of Best Supporting Male, while Black was awarded Best First Screenplay.
This doesn't mean that Milk was the only LGBT-inclusive project honored. Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a film involving a love triangle, was given two awards as well: Best Screenplay (Woody Allen) and Best Supporting Female (Penelope Cruz).
Synecdoche, New York, which features a minor but poignant lesbian character, was also lauded tonight with the awards of Best First Feature, as well as the 2nd annual Robert Altman Award, given to one film’s director (Charlie Kaufman), casting director (Jeanne McCarthy), and ensemble cast.
Unfortunately, Milk was not given awards for all of its nominations. Sean Penn was up for Best Male Lead while Harris Savides was nommed for Best Cinematography. The Wrestler took both categories.
Milk is up for eight Academy Awards, which take place tomorrow night. Be sure to tune into ABC and keep your fingers crossed!