“Stand and Deliver,” the story of how an East Los Angeles math teacher inspired his Latino students to national honors, swept the field, winning six of the 10 categories at the Independent Spirit Awards held Saturday afternoon at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Warner Bros. release was honored as best picture as well as for its direction and screenplay by Ramon Menendez. Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Phillips and Rosanna De Soto also won for their acting performances. Jodie Foster was named best actress for her performance in “Five Corners,” and Donald Petrie was singled out for his direction of “Mystic Pizza.” Other winners included Sven Nykvist for cinematography in “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and the West German feature “Wings of Desire” as best foreign film. The recently established National Coalition of Independent Broadcasting won the organization’s Findie Award for its encouragement and support of independent film making.
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