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The Spoils: An Indie-Film Sweep at the Oscars? It's Closer Than You Think

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire January 10, 2013 at 11:26AM

The nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards, announced Thursday morning, present an intriguing possibility: Independent film has a real shot at sweeping the Oscars’ Big Eight: picture, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, original screenplay and adapted screenplay.

Oscars 2012 (12 wins for indies)

Best Picture: “The Artist” (TWC), “The Tree of Life” (Fox Searchlight), “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight), “Midnight in Paris” (SPC)
Best Actor: “The Artist” (TWC), “A Better Life” (Summit), “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight), “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (Focus)
Best Actress: “The Iron Lady” (TWC), “Albert Nobbs” (LD Entertainment/Roadside Attractions), “My Week With Marilyn” (TWC)
Supporting Actor: “Beginners” (Focus), “My Week With Marilyn” (TWC), “Warrior” (Lionsgate)
Supporting Actress:“The Artist” (TWC), “Albert Nobbs” (LD Entertainment/Roadside Attractions)
Best Directing: “The Artist” (TWC), “The Tree of Life” (Fox Searchlight), “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight), “Midnight in Paris” (SPC)
Best Original Screenplay: “Midnight in Paris” (SPC), “The Artist” (TWC), “A Separation” (SPC), “Margin Call” (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions)
Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight), “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (Focus)
Best Cinematography: “The Artist” (TWC), “The Tree of Life” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Art Direction: “The Artist” (TWC), “Midnight in Paris” (SPC)
Best Costume Design: “The Artist” (TWC), “Jane Eyre” (Focus), “W.E.” (TWC)
Best Sound Mixing: NONE
Best Film Editing: “The Artist” (TWC), “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Sound Editing: “Drive” (FilmDistrict)
Best Visual Effects: NONE
Best Makeup: “The Iron Lady” (TWC), “Albert Nobbs” (LD Entertainment/Roadside Attractions)
Best Original Song: NONE
Best Original Score: “The Artist” (TWC), “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (Focus)
Best Feature Documentary: “Undefeated” (TWC)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “A Separation” (SPC)
Best Animated Feature: “A Cat in Paris” (Gkids), “Chico & Rita” (Gkids)

Inside Job
"Inside Job"
OSCARS 2011 (7 wins for indies)

Best Picture: “The King’s Speech” (TWC)
Best Actor: “The King’s Speech” (TWC)
Best Actress: “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Directing: “The King’s Speech” (TWC)
Best Original Screenplay: “The King’s Speech” (TWC)
Best Feature Documentary: “Inside Job” (SPC)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “In a Better World” (SPC)

OSCARS 2010 (14 wins for indies)

Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker” (Summit)
Best Actor: “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Supporting Actor: “Inglourious Basterds” (TWC)
Best Supporting Actress: “Precious” (Lionsgate)
Best Directing: “The Hurt Locker” (Summit)
Best Original Screenplay: “The Hurt Locker” (Summit)
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Precious” (Lionsgate)
Best Costume Design: “The Young Victoria” (Apparition)
Best Sound Mixing: “The Hurt Locker” (Summit)
Best Film Editing: “The Hurt Locker” (Summit)
Best Sound Editing: “The Hurt Locker” (Summit)
Best Original Song: “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Feature Documentary: “The Cove” (Lionsgate)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Secret in Their Eyes” (SPC)

"Slumdog Millionaire"
"Slumdog Millionaire"
OSCARS 2009 (15 wins for indies)

Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Actor: “Milk” (Focus)
Best Actress: “The Reader” (TWC)
Best Supporting Actress: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (TWC)
Best Directing: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Original Screenplay: “Milk” (Focus)
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Costume Design: “The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage)
Best Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Original Song: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Original Score: “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Feature Documentary: “Man on Wire” (Magnolia/Discovery Films)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “Departures” (Regent Releasing)

OSCARS 2008 (13 wins for indies)

Best Picture: “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
Best Actor: “There Will Be Blood” (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
Best Actress: “La vie en rose” (Picturehouse)
Best Supporting Actor: “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
Best Directing: “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
Best Original Screenplay: “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Adapted Screenplay: “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
Best Cinematography: “There Will Be Blood” (Miramax/Paramount Vantage)
Best Makeup: “La vie en rose” (Picturehouse)
Best Original Song: “Once” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Original Score: “Atonement” (Focus)
Best Feature Documentary: “Taxi to the Dark Side” (THINKFilm)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Counterfeiters” (SPC)

OSCARS 2007 (11 wins for indies)

Best Actor: “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Actress: “The Queen” (Miramax)
Best Supporting Actor: “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Original Screenplay: “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Cinematography: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse)
Best Art Direction: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse)
Best Makeup: “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse)
Best Original Song: “An Inconvenient Truth” (Paramount Vantage)
Best Original Score: “Babel” (Paramount Vantage)
Best Feature Documentary: “An Inconvenient Truth” (Paramount Vantage)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Lives of Others” (SPC)

OSCARS 2006 (11 wins for indies)

Best Picture: “Crash” (Lionsgate)
Best Actor: “Capote” (SPC)
Best Supporting Actress: “The Constant Gardener” (Focus)
Best Directing: “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus)
Best Original Screenplay: “Crash” (Lionsgate)

"Brokeback Mountain"
"Brokeback Mountain"

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus)
Best Film Editing: “Crash” (Lionsgate)
Best Original Song: “Hustle & Flow” (Paramount Classics)
Best Original Score: “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus)
Best Feature Documentary: “March of the Penguins” (Warner Independent/National Geographic Films)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “Tsotsi” (Miramax)

OSCARS 2005 (6 wins for indies)

Best Original Screenplay: “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (Focus)
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Sideways” (Fox Searchlight)
Best Original Song: “The Motorcycle Diaries” (Focus)
Best Original Score: “Finding Neverland” (Miramax)
Best Feature Documentary: “Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids” (THINKFilm)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Sea Inside” (Fine Line Features)

OSCARS 2004 (5 wins for indies)

Best Actress: “Monster” (Newmarket Films)
Best Supporting Actress: “Cold Mountain” (Miramax)
Best Original Screenplay: “Lost in Translation” (Focus)
Best Feature Documentary: “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara” (SPC)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “The Barbarian Invasions” (Miramax)

OSCARS 2003 (14 wins for indies)

Best Picture: “Chicago” (Miramax)
Best Actor: “The Pianist” (Focus)
Best Supporting Actress: “Chicago” (Miramax)
Best Directing: “The Pianist” (Focus)
Best Original Screenplay: “Talk to Her” (SPC)
Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Pianist” (Focus)
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration: “Chicago” (Miramax)
Best Costume Design: “Chicago” (Miramax)
Best Sound: “Chicago” (Miramax)
Best Film Editing: “Chicago” (Miramax)
Best Makeup: “Frida” (Miramax)
Best Original Score: “Frida” (Miramax)
Best Feature Documentary: “Bowling for Columbine” (United Artists)
Best Foreign-Language Film: “Nowhere in Africa” (Zeitgeist Films)

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