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This week's new film events

12 October 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Green Screen: Irish Film Distilled, Belfast

Irish cinema seems to be in pretty good health, under the circumstances. So, never being a nation to let a good excuse for a celebration go to waste, this event brings together old and new, northern, southern and barely Irish at all. The "old" is led by a 20th anniversary screening of family comedy The Snapper, while the "new" includes comedy horror Grabbers, in which booze staves off an alien invasion. Plus-points that sit somewhere in between include last year's The Guard and Natural Grace – a stirring doc on fiddle music.

Queen's Film Theatre, Fri to 26 Oct

Wildscreen Fringe Festival, Bristol

The leading wildlife documentary festival is mainly for professionals, but for the nature-loving public the Watershed has over 50 free screenings (you can pre-book online or at the box office), plus talks, events and an augmented reality exhibition at the Bristol Museum. On the cute side, »

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"The Artist" Tops the Independent Spirit Awards

27 February 2012 11:06 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Seth Rogen hosted the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday evening and the winners are:

Best Feature: The Artist. Also nominated: 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter and The Descendants.

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist). Nominated: Mike Mills (Beginners), Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter),  and Alexander Payne (The Descendants).

Best First Feature: Margin Call. Nominated: Another Earth, In The Family, , Martha Marcy May Marlene and Natural Selection.

Best Male Lead Performance: Jean Dujardin (The Artist). Nominated: Demián Bichir (A Better Life), , Ryan Gosling (Drive), Woody Harrelson (Rampart) and Michael Shannon (Take Shelter).

Best Female Lead Performance: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn). Nominated: Lauren Ambrose (Think of Me), Rachel Harris (Natural Selection), Adepero Oduye (Pariah) and Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene).

Best Supporting Male Performance: Christopher Plummer (Beginners). Nominated: Albert Brooks (Drive), John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene), John C Reilly (Cedar Rapids) and Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris »

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2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners

26 February 2012 12:39 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Film Independent presented the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards today in Santa Monica, California, which was hosted by Seth Rogen. The ceremony was streamed live through Yahoo! Movies and will air on IFC at 10 Pm Et/Pt. You can take a look at the full list of nominees and winners below.

Best Feature (Award given to the Producer, Executive Producers are not listed)

The Artist - Producer: Thomas Langmann

50/50 - Producers: Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin, Seth Rogen

Beginners - Producers: Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Jay Van Hoy

Drive - Producers: Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel

Take Shelter - Producers: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin

The Descendants - Producers: Jimmy Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist

Mike Mills - Beginners

Jeff Nichols - Take Shelter

Alexander Payne - The Descendants

Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive

Best Screenplay

Alexander Payne, »

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And the winners of the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards are...

26 February 2012 8:11 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Artist warmed up for the Oscars by taking home four gongs at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards last night, with Michel Hazanavicius and Jean Dujardin's successes in the Best Director and Best Male Lead categories complimented by the awards for Best Cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman) and Best Feature.

Fellow Best Picture contender The Descendants picked up two awards - Best Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash) and Best Supporting Female (Shailene Woodley) - as did Margin Call, which took home Best First Feature and the Robert Altman Award. Meanwhile it was also a good night for Michelle Williams, who was named Best Female Lead for her turn as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn and could yet cause an upset at the Oscars against hot favourite Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady).

Check out all the nominees for yesterday's Independent Spirit Awards, with the winners highlighted in red. »

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The Artist Wins Big at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards

25 February 2012 10:20 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

For the past twelve years, the Independent Spirit Awards have been held the night before the Oscars, and although the two sets of nominees sometimes overlap, traditionally the Spirit Awards end up honouring most of the films that the Academy ignores. This year things might be a little bit different, however, as Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist ended up taking home a handful of the major Spirit Awards including Best Feature, Best Director and Best Male Lead. As far as I know, the Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards have only picked the same Best Picture once before: Oliver Stone's Platoon in 1986. Christopher Plummer also won for Best Supporting Male, while Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) won for Best Female Lead. Is this all a sign of what's to come tomorrow night? There are at least a few Spirit Award winners who won't be repeating at the Academy »

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"The Artist," Michelle Williams Win 2012 Indie Spirit Awards! See Complete Winners List!

25 February 2012 5:16 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" was the big winner at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The black-and-white silent film took home Best Feature, Director for Hazanavicius, Best Male Lead for Jean Dujardin, and Best Cinematography for Guillaume Schiffman.

In the performance categories, Michelle Williams took home the Best Female Lead award for her Marilyn Monroe portrayal in "My Week with Marilyn." Shailene Woodley, snubbed by the Academy for her memorable performance as George Clooney's daughter in "The Descendants," won Best Supporting Actress while Oscar frontrunner, Christopher Plummer, received the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in "Beginners."

Held on Santa Monica Beach and hosted by Seth Rogen, the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast by IFC at 10 p.m. Pst/Est.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature

50/50 - Producers: Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin, Seth Rogen »

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The Artist Tops Spirit Awards

25 February 2012 3:39 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, The Artist The Artist, Jean Dujardin, Michelle Williams: Spirit Award Winners Best Feature (Award given to the producer) 50/50 Producers: Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin, Seth Rogen Beginners Producers: Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Jay Van Hoy Drive Producers: Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel Take Shelter Producers: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin * The Artist Producer: Thomas Langmann The Descendants Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor Best Director * Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist Mike MillsBeginners Jeff NicholsTake Shelter Alexander PayneThe Descendants Nicolas Winding RefnDrive Best Screenplay Joseph CedarFootnote Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist Tom McCarthyWin Win Mike MillsBeginners * Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim RashThe Descendants Best International Film (Award given to the director) * A Separation (Iran) Director: Asghar Farhadi Melancholia (Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany) Director: Lars von Trier Shame (UK) Director: Steve McQueen »

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2012 Independent Spirit Award Winners: 'The Artist' Wins... Of Course

25 February 2012 2:42 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Hardly a surprise to anyone, The Artist dominated the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards, winning for Best Feature, Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman). There were some complaints in the Twitter-verse as Penelope Anne Miller accepted the awards for The Artist up until Hazanavicius and the rest of The Artist team arrived five minutes before Hazanavicious was named Best Director. The reason? They'd just landed at Lax after flying in from France where The Artist won six awards at the Cesar Awards, France's equivalent of the Oscars, last night. A police escort managed to get them to the Spirits just in time for their third win of the night... also in time to take the stage to accept Best Feature Film. The Artist went into the Spirits with Take Shelter as the leading nominees with both receiving five nominations each. Take Shelter, however, only ended up going home »

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Film News: Live Results For the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

25 February 2012 12:11 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Welcome to the coverage of the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. These awards honor the best in independent film for 2011. Seth Rogen is hosting the Awards which will be shown at 9 p.m. Cst on IFC.

Below you will find a list of all the nominees for each category. As winners are announced, the list will be updated with winners appearing with a  Spirit Awards icon next to them. All of the winners will have been announced before the show tonight, so if you don’t want to be Spoiled before watching the awards, don’t read any further.

Film Independent Spirit Awards

Photo credit: Film Independent

Best Feature

 The Artist


The Descendants



Take Shelter

Best Female Lead

Lauren Ambrose, “Think of Me

Rachael Harris, “Natural Selection

Adepero Oduye, “Pariah

Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene

 Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn

Best Male Lead

Demián Bichir, »

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Independent Spirit Awards 2012: Winners List

25 February 2012 6:01 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'The Artist' dominates, winning best feature, director, male lead (Jean Dujardin) and cinematography.

By Mary J. Dimeglio

Director for "The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius

Photo: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

"The Artist" dominated the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon, snagging trophies for best feature, director, male lead (Jean Dujardin) and cinematography.

Michelle Williams was awarded Best Female Lead for her role in "My Week With Marilyn," while Best Supporting honors went to Christopher Plummer ("Beginners") and Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants").

The ceremony, hosted by Seth Rogan, will air at 10 p.m. Et/Pt Saturday (February 25) on IFC.

Best Feature




"Take Shelter"

"The Artist"

"The Descendants"

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"

Mike Mills - "Beginners"

Jeff Nichols - "Take Shelter"

Alexander Payne - "The Descendants"

Nicolas Winding Refn - "Drive"

Best Screenplay

Joseph Cedar - "Footnote"

Michel Hazanavicius - "The Artist"

Tom McCarthy - "Win Win »

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The Amazing Race: Our Predictions For The 2012 Spirit Awards

24 February 2012 11:30 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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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[Voting Spirit] Who Will Win & Who Should

21 February 2012 6:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This is it! The final week of Voting Spirit 2012. Last week I completed my journey to see all 38 nominated features, and then I–along with scores of other Ifp and Film Independent members– cast my ballot. And now I’ll break down for you my final thoughts on the nominees, as well as who will win and who should.

Tyrannosaur, The Kid With A Bike, Shame, A Separation, Melancholia

A curious trend in this year’s International nominees is a tendency toward truly dark drama. The Dardenne Bros. Kid With a Bike contains a lot of violence for a film about a young boy. Steve McQueen’s Shame dives headfirst into the depths of sexual depravity; while Paddy Considine’s deeply bleak Tyrannosaur paints a portrait so revolting that it dares you not to look away. Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation explores the troubling realm of what happens when good people make awful choices, »

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[Voting Spirit] Talking ‘Beginners,’ ‘Albert Nobbs,’ ‘Another Earth,’ ‘Tyrannosaur,’ ‘Cedar Rapids,’ ‘Rampart,’ & ‘The Redemption of General Butt Naked’

24 January 2012 6:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column Spirit Award voter & film critic Kristy Puchko  will offer a keen insight on a new selection of nominees for the 2012 Spirit Awards, along with any garnered behind-the-scenes exclusives. The Spirit Awards will air February 25th @10Pm on IFC.

In last week’s column I considered the merits of some of this year’s most eye-catching debuts. This week, we’ll take a look at some returning Spirit honorees, as well as a striking doc and an enchanting ingenue that made their mark at Sundance last year.

Beginners ~ Directed by Mike Mills

Nominations: Best Feature, Best Director: Mike Mills, Best Screenplay: Mike Mills, Best Supporting Male: Christopher Plummer

The sophomore effort of writer-director Mike Mills (of the Spirit-nominated Thumbsucker) is a beautiful tangle of ideas and a muddled meditation on melancholy, mourning and mortality. With a winsome cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Mélanie Laurent, Spirit-nominee Christopher Plummer »

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