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    Screen Talk: Indie Spirits Go Rogue, Critics May Follow Suit in a Non-Consensus Awards Year

    In this Thanksgiving edition of Screen Talk, we dig into alternatives to heavily marketed awards contenders and hope critics groups follow the lead of this year's maverick Indie Spirit nominations.

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    Spirit Nominee AG Iñárritu Took Risks on 'Birdman' (Video)

    Alejandro González Iñárritu's festival favorite "Birdman" is an indie hit and serious awards contender: it dominated the Indie Spirit nominations with six, including feature, director, actor, supporting actor and actress and cinematography. Watch our exclusive video interview.

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    Independent Spirit Awards Nominations 2015 Led by 'Boyhood,' 'Birdman'

    Going in, Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, which celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, were expected to be led by 'Boyhood' and 'Birdman.' (Movies budgeted over $20 million such as 'The Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Foxcatcher,' 'Get On Up' and 'Inherent Vice,' or funded and produced overseas, are ...

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    'Birdman' Leads Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

    "Boyhood," "Nightcrawler" and "Selma" followed with five nominations each.

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    '12 Years a Slave' Dominates the Indie Spirit Awards

    "To be a part of that does not come along all that often," said Brad Pitt of producing "12 Years a Slave," backstage at Saturday's alternative to the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards. '12 Years a Slave' took home five awards, not only for best feature, but director Steve McQueen, supporting act...

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    Oscar Nominees Win Big at 2014 Independent Spirit Awards (Full Winners List & Red Carpet Videos)

    The independents' alternative to the Oscars, the Indie Spirit Awards, get under way in blustery Santa Monica Saturday. As usual, many of the low-budget Oscar contenders (under $20 million) will take home Indie Spirit awards. Expect "12 Years a Slave" to score Best feature, Director and supporting ac...

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    Documentary Nominations Roundup: Which Films Are Leading the Pack?

    Heading into the critics group voting next week, what are the documentaries leading the pack in terms of nominations? We assess based on nominations from the Indie Spirits, the IDA, the Cinema Eye Honors, the Gothams and the PGA.

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    Indie Spirit Nominated 'After Tiller' Is an Observant, Even-Handed Portrait of the Country's Remaining Third-Trimester Abortion Doctors

    Debut directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have accomplished a tricky thing with “After Tiller,” their documentary on the few openly practicing doctors of third-trimester abortions in the US, which recently scored an Indie Spirit nomination for Best Documentary. They cut out the white noise, and f...

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    Indie Spirit Nominated 'Crystal Fairy': Michael Cera and Gabby Hoffmann Take a Psychoactive Voyage

    "Crystal Fairy," which recently scored Indie Spirit nominations for the John Cassavettes Award and Best Female Lead (Gaby Hoffmann), was written and filmed while director Sebastian Silva and Michael Cera were in Chile waiting for production of their film "Magic Magic" to continue. A film of spontane...

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