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iPOP in Santa Monica for the Independent Spirit Awards

iPOP in Santa Monica for the Independent Spirit Awards

by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks

A standing ovation followed Elvis Costello's performance on Saturday afternoon after the singer/songwriter concluded a rendition of his song, "Peace Love and Understanding." Costello opened the annual Independent Spirit Awards ceremony which was punctuated by a number of references to the war in Iraq.

Once the Academy Awards decided last week to curtail its red carpet activities, organizers of the annual Spirit Awards (see our related awards coverage) committed to maintaining its arrivals line and encouraged attendees to speak out. Many did. Screenwriting award winner Mike White ("The Good Girl") offered the first barb, saying, "Lets use our spirit here to get Bush out of office." Michael Moore, wearing a button that said, "Shoot Movies, Not Iraqis," offered a preview of his Oscar night acceptance speech saying, "Anytime you've got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, you are not long for The White House."

"Far From Heaven" won five prizes, taking awards for best feature, director (Todd Haynes), cinematography (Ed Lachman), female lead (Julianne Moore), and supporting male (Dennis Quaid). Accepting the best picture award, producer Christine Vachon was grateful, noting that it was the first time that she had been on the Spirit Awards stage.

Derek Luke's award for best male lead offered one of the event's most emotional moments. The emerging talent, who starred in "Antwone Fisher," while accepting the prize on stage dedicated the prize to his wife, as they tearfully embraced.










Spirit Awards host John Waters with his annual Spirits date, Patty Hearst backstage soaking in the California sun.


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Michael Moore poses for indieWIRE backstage after winning the Independent Spirit Award for best documentary.


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Focus Features co-prez James Schamus and his mother after the ceremony.


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Best Screenplay winner Mike White ("The Good Girl") in the sun, backstage.


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"Paradox Lake" director Przemyslaw Reut, winner of the Someone to Watch award.


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Spirits presenter, Maggie Gylenhaal soaking up the press backstage.


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Sundance Film Festival head Geoff Gilmore and Lot 47 Films chief Greg Williams inside before the ceremony.


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Dennis Quaid, Ed Lachman, Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, and Julianne Moore, celebrating their five Spirit Award wins for "Far From Heaven."


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"Personal Velocity" director Rebecca Miller, winner of the John Cassavetes award, and Daniel Day Lewis dart out of the event.


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