2012 Independent Spirit Award Winners

by Tommy_Swanhaus | created - 27 Feb 2012 | updated - 27 Feb 2012 | Public

The FreeStyle Life compiles the list of winning films at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards.

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1. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 292,079 | Gross: $35.01M

50/50 Will Reisner's comedic yet heartfelt story of a young man diagnosed with cancer earned him the award for Best First Screenplay. Watch 50/50

2. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 209,202 | Gross: $44.67M

The Artist The Artist won big at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards, winning Best Picture, Director, Male Lead, and Cinematography.

3. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 81,110 | Gross: $5.79M

Beginners 82 years young, Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Male for his performance in Beginners. Watch Beginners

4. The Descendants (2011)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause

Votes: 217,630 | Gross: $82.58M

The Descendants Alexander Payne's The Descendants took the award for Best Screenplay.

5. Margin Call (2011)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

Follows the key people at an investment bank, over a 24-hour period, during the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.

Director: J.C. Chandor | Stars: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany

Votes: 102,315 | Gross: $5.35M

Margin Call JC Chandor's excellent feature filmmaking debut on the global financial crisis earned him the Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Watch Margin Call

6. My Week with Marilyn (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

65 Metascore

Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond

Votes: 77,107 | Gross: $14.60M

My Week with Marilyn Michelle Williams won Best Female Lead for her spot on portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.

7. Pariah (I) (2011)

R | 86 min | Drama

79 Metascore

A Brooklyn teenager juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression.

Director: Dee Rees | Stars: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis, Pernell Walker

Votes: 5,056 | Gross: $0.76M

Pariah Pariah won the John Cassavetes Award, an honor bestowed upon the best film with a production budget of less than $500,000.

8. A Separation (2011)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Mystery

95 Metascore

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Asghar Farhadi | Stars: Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat, Shahab Hosseini

Votes: 181,912 | Gross: $7.10M

A Separation The foreign language favorite during of 2012, Iran's A Separation continued its Award Season dominance winning Best International Film.

9. Take Shelter (2011)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Tova Stewart

Votes: 79,174 | Gross: $1.73M

Take Shelter Producer Sophia Lin took the Piaget Producers Award for her work on Take Shelter. Watch Take Shelter

10. Without (I) (2011)

88 min | Drama

On a remote wooded island, a young woman becomes caretaker to an old man in a vegetative state. Her isolated routine devolves into a struggle with sexuality, guilt and loss.

Director: Mark Jackson | Stars: Joslyn Jensen, Ron Carrier, Bruce Bundy, Kristine Haruna Lee

Votes: 175

Without's Marc Jackson took the Someone to Watch Award, an award which recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.

11. Where Soldiers Come From (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

A documentary that chronicles four years in the lives of childhood friends as they enter a faraway war.

Director: Heather Courtney

Votes: 211 | Gross: $0.04M

Presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition, the Truer Than Fiction Award went to Heather Courtney for her work on the war doc Where Soldiers Come From.