In the spirit of great indie films, the Independent Spirit Awards descended upon Santa Monica for the 27th annual event . This is where sweet surprises are always in store in a show that typically takes place the day before the Oscars in an ocean-side venue that is far from Hollywood and Highland on the other side of Tinseltown.
This year's Independent Spirit Awards was mostly about The Artist, which was a good and bad thing since the representatives of this film were almost a no-show due to a delayed flight and yet another award show, this one in France.
That show is called the Cesar Awards, and is the Francais version of the Academy Awards. The delay caused the whole group to be held up for the event in California, the result of which was that when Jean Duardin won, he wasn'tt on hand to pick up his award so Penelope Ann Miller did the honors.
The silent movie won four Independent Spirit Awards in total, earning top honors for 2012. Writer and director Michel Hazanavicius, picked up his Spirit Award which also gave a win to Guillame Schiffman for the black-and-white cinematography used to create an authentic look to this low budget ode to the films that came before talkies took over.
Meanwhile, Michelle WIlliams took the best actress award, telling the audience that the only thing she was wearing that was her own as she gave her acceptance speech for her role in My Week With Marilyn was her dignity.
As for Christopher Plummer, who took best supporting actor at the Independent Spirits Awards for his characterization in Beginners, joked about how it finally occurred to him that this ode to the indie film "has nothing to do with booze."
But it does have to do with great talent, both in the faces of the winners and the losers. Following is a complete list of both as decided by the Independent Spirit Awards 2012:
Winner: The Artist
Losers: 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter and The Descendants.
Winner: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Losers: Mike Mills for Beginners, Jeff Nichols for Take Shelter, Alexander Payne for The Descendants and Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive.
Winner: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for The Descendants
Losers: Joseph Cedar for Footnote, Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, Tom McCarthy for Win Win and Mike Mills for Beginners.
Best First Feature
Winner: JC Chandor for Margin Call.
Losers: Mike Cahill for Another Earth, Patrick Wang for In the Family, Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Robbie Pickering for Natural Selection.
Best First Screenplay
Winner: Will Reiser for "50/50
Losers: Mike Cahill and Brit Marling for Another Earth, J.C. Chandor for Margin Call, Patrick deWitt for Terri and Phil Johnston for Cedar Rapids.
John Cassavetes Award, given to the best feature made for under $500,000
Losers: Bellflower, Circumstance, Hello Lonesome, and The Dynamiter
Best Female Lead
Winner: Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn
Losers: Lauren Ambrose for Think of Me, Rachael Harris for Natural Selection, Adepero Oduye for Pariah, and Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Best Male Lead
Winner: Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Losers: Demián Bichir for A Better Life, Ryan Gosling for Drive, Woody Harrelson for Rampart and Michael Shannon for Take Shelter.
Best Supporting Female
Winner: Shailene Woodley for The Descendants
Losers: Jessica Chastain for Take Shelte, Anjelica Huston for 50/50, Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs and Harmony Santana for Gun Hill Road
Best Supporting Male
Winner: Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Losers: Albert Brooks for Drive, John Hawkes for Martha Marcy May Marlene, John C. Reilly for Cedar Rapids and Corey Stoll for Midnight in Paris.
For Best Cinematography, Guillaume Schiffman won for The Artist, for Best Documentary, the winner was The Interrupters, and for Best International Film, A Separation won.
The Robert Altman Award was given to Margin Call.
Congratulations to all the Independent Spirit Awards 2012 winners, lowers and latecomers.
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