Independent Spirit Awards

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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The Independent Spirit Awards and the Oscars never agree. Well, almost never. In 28 years of co-existing, the two organizations have only agreed once before – on Oliver Stone’s Platoon back in 1986. It’s not surprising since the Spirit Awards focus on celebrating a particular method of filmmaking that is often overlooked by the red-carpet-ready Academy Awards, but if both honor prestige movies, it seems at least likely they’d agree from time to time, right? They didn’t until last night. The more-than-two-decades-long drought was finally broken when The Artist took home Best Picture less than a week after bringing home the top Spirit prize. It became the first movie since 1986 to win both the Oscar and the Indie Spirit Award. One was in an ornate theater, the other was in a tent on the beach, but the implication is clear: independent movies are breaking more and more into the mainstream.

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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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The top nominations for this year’s Indie Spirit Awards are no surprise. Winter’s Bone continues its march through the woods to find its father and an Oscar with 7 nominations (which is almost all it was even eligible for). In a close second, The Kids Are All Right finds itself with 5 nominations. If you’re a fan of female directors, this year is celebrating a number of them in the top spots, but it’s also incredibly important to point out that Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Murray are finally up for the same award. The Indepdenent Spirit Awards make a good primer for the films that might make their way into the Academy Award nominee pool. In recent tradition, the winner of the Best Feature prize goes on to be an Oscar contender (and occasional winner). Examples of that include Precious, The Wrestler, Juno, and Brokeback Mountain. The full list of nominees continues below:

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We don’t come to mourn Miramax, but to bury you in great films to add to your rental queue.

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By now you’ve heard — perhaps via our indisputably successful live-blog of yesterday’s Independent Spirit Awards — that Mickey Rourke’s acceptance speech for his Best Male Lead award was mildly entertaining.

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We have been lazy this week, leading to a lack of a Saturday ‘Shouting Match.’ And we need to cover these Independent Spirit Awards at some point. So screw it, we’ll do them together, live.

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Steve Coogan Hosts the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday

The brilliant British actor took some time out from his hosting prep to talk to us about the world of indie film, his role at the Independent Spirit Awards, and a few details about his recurring role as a 3-inch tall figurine.

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This afternoon the nominations for the 2009 awards were announced, with films such as Courtney Hunt’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Frozen River, Jonathan Demme’s critically acclaimed Rachel Getting Married and Darren Aronofsky’s Toronto gem The Wrestler leading the way.

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Impersonations of Bob Dylan and Ellen Page. Dwight Shrute has gone insane.

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In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Zach Braff and Lisa Kudrow helped deliver the nominees for the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. Have a look at the nominees.

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