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This weekend isn't just about the Oscars, for the record. Saturday night, as is traditional, sees the warm-up for the big show with the 2012 Spirit Awards, Film Independent's antidote to the Academy Awards, intended to honor the best of independent cinema. With recent winners of the top prize including "Juno," "The Wrestler," "Precious" and "Black Swan," they've provided the opportunity for films that are perhaps a little too dark, small or offbeat to win Best Picture from the Academy the chance to grab some gold.
This year, things may be a little different, with oscar front-runner "The Artist" nominated in multiple categories, so we could end up seeing the two ceremonies mirroring each other more closely than ever. But will that actually be the case? True to their name, the Independent Spirits have been known to go their own way. We've run down our predictions below, and stay tuned for »
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Elizabeth Reaser has had lots of fun appearing in the "Twilight" franchise. Three films in the series have been released, with one more in the hopper. Getting recognized on the street as Esme, the Cullen family's loving matriarch, is undoubtedly a trip. "It's wild to be part of something so big," Reaser admits. "But at the end of a day, being in a big vampire movie can't sustain a career. Has it led to more or better choices? I don't know. Maybe it's the reason I got to play this part."The role in question is Li'l Bit, the narrator-protagonist of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize–winning "How I Learned to Drive," currently playing at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre. She considers the part a career pinnacle. That's a nice tribute coming from a nominee for both an Independent Spirit Award (for "Sweet Land") and an Emmy (for "Grey's Anatomy"). "Drive" recounts the complex. »
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