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'Fargo' Wins Six Independent Spirits

March 23, 1997| From Times Wire Services

"Fargo," the dark, comic film about a bungled kidnapping, won six Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday at a Santa Monica ceremony honoring independent films.

The movie, nominated for seven Academy Awards including best picture, won for best feature film, director Joel Coen, actress Frances McDormand, actor William H. Macy, screenplay and cinematography.

Another Oscar contender, actor-director Billy Bob Thornton, took the best first-feature award for "Sling Blade."

Ballots were cast by members of the national Independent Feature Project.

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