Film Independent Spirit Awards

Independent Spirit Awards

In its 29th annual awards, the Film Independent Spirit Awards once again give film connoisseurs a seemingly more honest precursor to tonight’s Academy Awards. In a ceremony hosted by Patton Oswalt and aired on IFC, the awards once again celebrated “artist-driven filmmaking and the finest achievements in independent cinema.” This year’s big winner was Steve McQueen harrowing drama 12 Years a Slave, which brought home awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Cinematography. Don’t worry, there were other awards, all listed below.

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And, with that, awards seasons is off with a major bang. On the heels of last night’s Gotham Awards announcements, the Film Independent has now announced their nominations for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards (best known to most as just “the Independent Spirits”). Per usual, the nominations are rounded out with a number of strong showers from the festival circuit, along with a peppering of studio fare that still manages to meet their independent guidelines. But, rest assured, there are still a number of fresh picks among the noms, and a hearty helping of up-and-comers to watch closely. The big winners (uh, big nominees?) include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, and Safety Not Guaranteed. Some other (somewhat surprising, in a number of cases) nominations worth mentioning include a Best Feature nod for Keep the Lights On, a Best Director nomination for Julia Loktev for her The Loneliest Planet, a Best Screenplay nomination for Zoe Kazan for her Ruby Sparks, the Best Female Lead nod to Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts, the Best Supporting Female recognition for Compliance‘s Ann Dowd, and no less than two acting nods for Matthew McConaughey (one for Magic Mike and one for Killer Joe), and the already-announced winner of the Robert Altman Award (given to one film’s director, casting director and its ensemble cast) for Starlet. And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg – there are a lot more eye-poppers within these noms (we’ll just say two words – […]

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It’s the biggest weekend in Hollywood, so of course Film School Rejects will be reporting live from the scene – and this time, they actually let us in. Wait, no, not the Oscars, the Film Independent Spirit Awards! The Independent Spirit Awards have been around in one capacity or another since 1984 (they were the “FINDIE” – Friends of Independents – Awards for their first two years), and in the past twenty-eight years, the awards have sought to honor films made with “an economy of means” (from micro-budgets, all the way up to $20m). With the awards now traditionally taking place the day before the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards work quite nicely as counter-programming for the big show. And, for people like me, who placed a film like Take Shelter above the rest of last year’s offerings, it’s a very imporant event. I’ll be updating the winners! live! from a tent on the beach! today! Which is cool not just because it’s so insanely “Los Angeles,” but because the award show itself takes place this afternoon (kicking off around 1:30PM PT), but the telecast doesn’t air until tonight (at 10PM EST/PST on the IFC Channel) – meaning that you dear Rejects-readers will be the first to know all the winners. After the break, I’ll be updating the winners the very moment they are announced (with winners in red), but that’s not all! Because this is Film School Rejects, I will also be sharing funny bits from the press tent, […]

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In the mire and bog of awards season, suddenly – a bright light. A shining grin. A guffawing laugh. A grown man that looks like Fozzie Bear? Sign me up! Film Independent (the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival) has announced that Seth Rogen will serve as the host for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards (better known as the Independent Spirits Awards). The 27th annual awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica (fancy!) on Saturday, February 25. The show will be broadcast on television that night at 10P.M. ET/PT on IFC. A lunch on the beach with Seth Rogen? Did someone steal my dreams? And it appears that this hosting choice is just as exciting to the Film Independent bigwigs, with Film Independent Senior Director Sean Mc Manus weighing in: “We’re incredibly excited to have Seth as the host for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards and join us in celebrating this year’s exquisite films and talented filmmaking artists. Seth’s charm, intelligence and quick wit are sure to light up the room and will make for a truly entertaining afternoon.” IFC is jazzed, too, as Jennifer Caserta, Executive Vice President & General Manager, IFC said, “Seth is one of the smartest and funniest actors today and we look forward to him making this one of the most entertaining Spirit Awards yet. IFC is a growing brand for original comedy programming, […]

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Remember all the way back to last night when the Gothams announced their annual awards and thus declared that awards season was like, so totally on? No? Really? It was just last night, come on. In that vein, the Film Independent Spirit Awards have just announced their nominations for their annual awards (held in February, on the beach, as ya do in Los Angeles), and their picks come with their own surprises. Remember (no, seriously, I need you to remember back less than twenty-four hours) how the Gothams didn’t give squat to Take Shelter or 50/50 or Martha Marcy May Marlene? Or Drive? Or The Descendants? Well, the Independent Spirit nominations are here to ease that pain. Leading the nominations pack are just those very films, along with Gotham darling Beginners and black and white sensation The Artist, with Take Shelter and The Artist tied for the most nominations, with five each. Following the lead, with four nominations each are Beginners, Drive, The Descendants, and Martha Marcy May Marlene, with 50/50 logging three noms. And, coincidentally, it’s those top nomination-getters (save MMMM) that are all nominated for Best Feature. Funny how that works out, right? Other nominations of note include Best First Feature (Another Earth, In the Family, Margin Call, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Natural Selection ), Best First Screenplay (Another Earth, Margin Call, Terri, Cedar Rapids, 50/50), and the John Cassavetes Award, which is given to the best feature made for under $500,000 (Bellflower, Circumstance, Hello Lonesome, Pariah, The […]

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