16th Independent Spirit Awards

The 16th Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent filmmaking for 2000, were announced on March 24, 2001. It was hosted by John Waters.

Nominees and winners

Best Feature

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Feature (Under $500,000)

Chuck & Buck

Best First Feature

You Can Count On Me

Best Director

Ang LeeCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Male Lead

Javier BardemBefore Night Falls

Best Female Lead

Ellen BurstynRequiem for a Dream

Best Supporting Male

Willem DafoeShadow of the Vampire

Best Supporting Female

Zhang ZiyiCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Screenplay

You Can Count On MeKenneth Lonergan

Best First Screenplay

Love & BasketballGina Prince-Bythewood

Best Cinematography

Requiem for a DreamMatthew Libatique

Best Foreign Film

Dancer in the DarkDenmark

Best Documentary Feature

Dark Days

Best Debut Performance

Michelle RodriguezGirlfight

Truer Than Fiction Award

Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale

Producers Award

Paul MezeyThe Ballad of Ramblin' Jack and Spring Forward

Someone to Watch Award

Marc ForsterEverything Put Together

  • Dan McCormack – Other Voices
  • Mia Trachinger – Bunny