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    Indie Spirit Awards 2012 Return to Saturday Afternoon on the Beach in Santa Monica

    Film Independent's 27th annual Spirit Awards will be held Saturday, February 25--they are always held the day before the Oscars--and broadcast exclusively on IFC. Once again, the ceremony will take place under a tent on the windy beaches of Santa Monica. Nominees will be announced on November 29; Fi...

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    Cinema Eye Nominees Include Lauded Docs Senna, The Interrupters, The Arbor, Dragonslayer

    The 2012 Cinema Eye Honors nominations, announced Wednesday in London, were dominated by Tristan Patterson's skateboard doc Dragonslayer, Danfung Dennis’ Afghan embed adventure Hell and Back Again, Patricio Guzman's Nostalgia for the Light, dramatic car racing doc Senna, Clio Bernard's audacious The...

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    Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit

    On Oscar night I started on the red carpet --taking pictures, grabbing video interviews and tweeting madly--and then repaired to the interview room to listen to the show and backstage Q and As (transcripts here). After the best picture winners for The King's Speech had wrapped up, I walked over to t...

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    Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap

    It's a wrap, as In Contention's Kris Tapley and I analyze Sunday night's Oscar show winners and losers (below). Co-host Anne Hathaway came out ahead of James Franco, who seemed to be either too tired or too bored to do more than phone it in between tweets. (Caryn James' review is here.) Maybe he rea...

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    Spirit Awards: Black Swan Wins Four, Portman and Franco Take Home Acting Awards

    Fox Searchlight was the big winner Saturday at Film Independent's Spirit Awards as Black Swan collected four awards, for best feature, actress (Natalie Portman), director (Darren Aronfosky) and cinematography (Matthew Libatique) while a tired-looking James Franco, who is not only co-hosting Sunday's...

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    Live From The Indie Spirit Awards: Black Swan Dominates, Winners Talk (UPDATE)

    We are live on the beaches of Santa Monica for the 2011 Indie Spirit Awards. It's a sunny but blistering February afternoon. The clouds will likely roll in as the show starts at 2 pm. Winners will be ushered into the press tent to give their last comments before tomorrow's season-finale Oscar showdo...

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    Indie Spirits Preview: Back to Beach with Host McHale; Oscar Nominees Favored to Win; Hudson Talks

    It's back to the beach in Santa Monica (amid threats of rain) for the 26th edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, which are voted on by some 5000 members of Film Independent, and take place the Saturday before the Oscars. It won't be hard for first-time host Joel McHale (The Soup, Spy Kids 4, see...

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    Oscar Votes Due Friday, Packed Golden Globes Party Weekend

    My pals in the Academy are filling out their ballots. One costume designer has already sent hers in. Ira Deutchman, in New York, anxiously hopes that his mailed ballot gets to PricewaterhouseCoopers on time, by 5 PM Friday, January 14 (nominations will be announced January 25). Which raises the ques...

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    Lesley Manville Talks Another Year, Mike Leigh

    Of all the descriptions I've heard from various folks about the famed Mike Leigh process--whereby the writer-director starts at zero with a troupe of actors and winds up after a lengthy workshop period with a solid character-driven screenplay--long-term Leigh veteran Lesley Manville (All or Nothing,...

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