Best: John Hawkes winning best male lead
This season included one of the most competitive races for best actor in a decade and before the Oscar nominations were announced everyone knew someone was going to be on the outside looking in. Unfortunately, that turned out to be John Hawkes, a one time frontrunner or his amazing work in "The Sessions." Shockingly, in perhaps the only upset of the day, Hawkes took him is second Spirit Award and first in the best lead male category over stiff competition from expected winner Bradley Cooper ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Jack Black ("Bernie"). It was a great moment for the veteran actor who clearly isn't comfortable campaigning, but deserves to be recognized as one of America's finest actors.