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Independent Spirit Award Winners: '12 Years A Slave' Scores Best Picture, Director & 5 Prizes Total

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  • March 1, 2014 5:16 PM
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12 Years A Slave
The Independent's Spirit Awards are underway. "12 Years A Slave' leads the field with 7 nominations, while "Nebraska" is close behind with six, picking up nods in the same categories bar cinematography. "All Is Lost" has four nominations while "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha" made up the rest of the feature nominations, though missed out on other key nods (we're still shocked Greta Gerwig wasn't nomed for Best Actress). Winner as they happen below.

The Snubs & Surprises Of The 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2013 3:07 PM
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Ain't Them Bodies Saints Rooney Mara
Strap in, because it's all downhill from here. Or uphill. Either way, the road to the Dolby Theater is now officially open as Film Independent's Spirit Awards have unveiled their nominations for this year (yes, they call it 2014 even though it's for 2013's movies because they'll hand out the hardware in March—yes, it's a bit confusing). But it should be noted: the Spirit Awards has a budget barrier which keeps bigger movies out and obviously their mandate excludes studio pictures so this don't consider this a definitive augur for Oscars.

'12 Years A Slave' & 'Nebraska' Come Out Ahead In 2014 Spirit Award Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 26, 2013 1:34 PM
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2013 Spirit Nominations
Ready for awards season to really get underway? No? Well, it's too late, because ahead of the start of the critics' awards next week, Film Independent's Spirit Awards have just unveiled their nominations for their annual awards, the biggest in the indie world.

Watch: Andy Samberg's Opening Sketch & Monologue From Independent Spirit Awards 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2013 2:33 PM
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If somehow you still watched The Independent Spirit Awards late last night, despite the winners being announced hours earlier, then this is old news. But if you're like most of us and didn't, well here's a little bit of catch-up before the Oscars roll out in just a few hours.

'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Silver Linings,' 'Beasts' & 'Keep The Lights On' Top Spirit Awards Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 27, 2012 1:41 PM
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We've barely had time to take a breath since the Gotham Awards were awarded last night, and already we're moving on, because their big cousin, the 28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, revealed their nominations just a few minutes ago.

Now THIS Is How It Should Be Done: Seth Rogen's Independent Spirit Awards Opening Monologue (In Case You Missed It)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 27, 2012 6:39 PM
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To paraphrase host Seth Rogen, there was this show on Saturday that you didn't watch and barely knew even existed, taking place in a tent for some fucking reason. It was the Spirit Awards, aka the Independent Spirit Awards as they used to call it (we posted the winners on Saturday) and if you want to watch the antithesis of Billy Crystal's pretty tame, often anemic, and self-congratulatory Oscar monologue and jokes, this is surely it (and it's NSFW, btw).

'The Artist' Sweeps Spirit Awards Taking Best Picture, Director, Actor & Cinematography

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2012 7:44 PM
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The awards season train continues for "The Artist," and while in years past the Spirit Awards have tended to honor edgier or more decidedly independent fare, this year it looks like even they have the fever for the silent movie sensation. Taking home the big prizes for Best Picture, Best Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Best Cinematography (Guillaume Schiffman) it looks like the stage has been set for the film to repeat these honors, and maybe more, tomorrow night at the venue formerly known as the Kodak Theater.

The Amazing Race: Our Predictions For The 2012 Spirit Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 2:30 PM
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This weekend isn't just about the Oscars, for the record. Saturday night, as is traditional, sees the warm-up for the big show with the 2012 Spirit Awards, Film Independent's antidote to the Academy Awards, intended to honor the best of independent cinema. With recent winners of the top prize including "Juno," "The Wrestler," "Precious" and "Black Swan," they've provided the opportunity for films that are perhaps a little too dark, small or offbeat to win Best Picture from the Academy the chance to grab some gold.

Ben Kingsley, Anthony Mackie, Patricia Clarkson & More To Present At The Spirit Awards; My Morning Jacket & K'Naan To Perform

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2012 2:14 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Before the big Oscar show takes place on Sunday, as the tradition goes, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will honor their nominees and winners the night before, with festivities set to get underway on Saturday evening. It is shaping up to another memorable night, with the stars lining up to celebrate the best in independent film over the past year. Seth Rogen will host what is sure to an enjoyable evening, and to help hand out the awards, a lineup of starry names are confirmed to appear.

The Amazing Race: 'Hugo' Gets A Boost In First Official Week Of The Awards Season, Can It Go All The Way?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 2, 2011 2:20 PM
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Considering we've been writing about most weeks since August, it's odd to think that the awards season really only got underway this week. Everything up to now has been foreplay, but with the Gotham Awards on Sunday night, the Spirit Awards nominations and New York Film Critics' Circle Awards on Tuesday, and the National Board of Review yesterday, we're entering the underwear-removal phase of the season. To extend the metaphor. Probably too far.

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