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February 23, 2013 5:10 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Sweeps Indie Spirit Awards

"Silver Linings Playbook" TWC
Irking many within the tent in Santa Monica housing the 28th Independent Spirit Awards, David O. Russell's $100 million grossing "Silver Linings Playbook" swept the Film Independent Spirit Awards, topping the favored likes of "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

"Silver Linings" -- which had a budget of $21 million ($1 million over the limit for the Spirits, but they nominated it anyway) -- won best feature, best actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and two awards for David O. Russell, best director and best screenplay. Both Russell and the film's producers acknowledged "Beasts" on stage, with the latter admitting they thought it was going to win.

One award it didn't win was best actor, which Bradley Cooper lost to John Hawkes of "The Sessions." That film also won best supporting actress for Helen Hunt.

Other winners included Matthew McConaughey for best supporting actor ("Magic Mike"), "Amour" for best international film and "The Invisible War" for best documentary.

Full list of winners:
 
BEST FEATURE:
"Silver Linings Playbook"

BEST DIRECTOR
David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"

BEST SCREENPLAY
"Silver Linings Playbook"
 
BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
 
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
"Safety Not Guaranteed"
 
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD - Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.  Award given to the writer, director, and producer.  Executive Producers are not awarded.
"Middle of Nowhere"

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Michael Haneke at the Spirit Awards Peter Knegt
BEST MALE LEAD
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
 
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Matthew McConaughey, "Magic Mike"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"
 
BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director and producer)
"The Invisible War"
 
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM (Award given to the director)
"Amour"
 
16th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 16th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Mynette Louie

19th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 19th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
Adam Leon, "Gimme the Loot"

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 18th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
Peter Nicks, "The Waiting Room"
 
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD - (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Starlet
Director: Sean Baker
Casting Director: Julia Kim
  Ensemble Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone

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11 Comments

  • xenovia | March 1, 2013 3:43 AMReply

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  • jingmei | February 24, 2013 12:23 AMReply

    Some articles from Indiewire have already discussed about the "indie" Silver Linings Playbook. This year's winners list is kinda fair, especially Mr. John Hawkes, this veteran just very much deserves and represents the Indie Spirits.

  • Dixie Normous | February 23, 2013 8:46 PMReply

    As the host of the Spirit Awards a few years back, Sarah Silverman said; "The difference between the Academy Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards is that the Independent Spirit Awards recognise struggling artists like George Clooney and Ang Lee"

  • Indiefilmnyc | February 24, 2013 2:11 PM

    Couldn't agree more. Both great films, Silvers and Beasts, but this is truly hilarious here. So now a $21m budget film with a-list talent is an 'indie' film vs. a $1.5m film with struggling filmmakers are both tagged indies and they award the big budget big named cast backed by the powerful weinstein's the winner. Something is definitely loss here...where is the "indie spirit" here!?? How disappointing....

  • jingmei | February 24, 2013 12:15 AM

    Hilarious enough ;D

  • Jim | February 23, 2013 7:38 PMReply

    I agree with the comment below too. This awards show is a sham - it doesn't celebrate true indie filmmaking - what film appealing to an educated adult made by true professionals doesn't have "indie spirit?" In every category, the film with the largest budget won - very telling.

  • md | February 23, 2013 7:14 PMReply

    totally agree.

  • md | February 23, 2013 7:16 PM

    (or not. my bad)

  • md | February 23, 2013 7:15 PM

    (i meant i agree with the commenter below. i hit "reply," but apparently that just makes a new comment)

  • High | February 23, 2013 6:39 PMReply

    David O. Russell is brilliant but the Spirit Awards should be for true indies, not DeNiro films, come on that's silliness. The awards should go to real indies, not faux studio films. Here's hoping Silver Linings wins the Oscar just to show how Hollywood the Spirit Awards have gotten.

  • High | February 23, 2013 6:39 PMReply

    David O. Russell is brilliant but the Spirit Awards should be for true indies, not DeNiro films, come on that's silliness. The awards should go to real indies, not faux studio films. Here's hoping Silver Linings wins the Oscar just to show how Hollywood the Spirit Awards have gotten.