James Franco and Natalie Portman Win BIG – Just Not at the Oscars!

independent spirit award winners
Independent Spirit Award Winners 2011

James Franco and Natalie Portman are the big winners of the night!  The Oscar hosts swept away the competition at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. 

For his part, Franco walked away with the prize for Best Actor at awards show that focuses solely on all those fabulous Indie movies.  He won for his role in 127 Hours in which he play adventurer Aron Ralston, who famously cut off his own arm after being trapped under a boulder.    For her part, the pregnant Natalie Portman easily walked away with the prize for best actress for her role in the ballerina epic Black Swan

Both actors are up for best actor and best actress in Sunday night’s Academy Awards.