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

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 25, 2012 7:44 PM
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"The Artist"
"The Artist"

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.

How did our awards season prognosticator do on his predictions? He came in about 41% or 7 for 17. Truthfully, we figured that Spirit Awards favorite Alexander Payne might do some repeat business at the ceremony with "The Descendants," but it only came away from the event with an award for Shailene Woodley for Best Supporting Female and Best Screenplay for Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. We're please to see "Without" director Mark Jackson take the Someone To Watch award which should be a nice profile boost, while "The Interrupters" deservedly took Best Documentary and Christopher Plummer got in a practice round of his acceptance speech for tomorrow by winning Best Supporting Actor here. It was also a big evening for "Margin Call" that took Best First Feature and the Robert Altman Award home.

Full list of winners below and you can watch the fun tonight on IFC at 10 PM.

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer)
"The Artist"

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)
"Margin Call," Director: J.C. Chandor; Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; award given to the writer, director, and producer)
"Pariah"

BEST SCREENPLAY
"The Descendants," Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
"50/50," Will Reiser

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"

BEST MALE LEAD
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Shailene Woodley, "The Descendants"

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"The Artist," Guillaume Schifmann

BEST DOCUMENTARY (Award given to the director)
"The Interrupters," Steve James

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)
"A Separation," Asghar Farhadi

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
(Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
"Margin Call," Director: J.C. Chandor; Casting Director: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey; Ensemble Cast: Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Sophia Linn - "Take Shelter"

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Mark Jackson - "Without"

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Heather Courtney – "Where Soldiers Come From"

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6 Comments

  • Brian | February 25, 2012 9:53 PMReply

    It's kind of frustrating that the Independent Spirit Awards wind up just following the Hollywood model. At least they have things like the Cassavettes award but still.

  • jingmei | February 25, 2012 8:30 PMReply

    Oops at least the nominees are different.

  • Ken | February 25, 2012 7:47 PMReply

    It's pretty sad that the Spirit Award winners are more-or-less gonna be a carbon copy of what the Oscars will be like. There were some really great, original films nominated for Best Picture and all the attention went to the films that are gonna get even more attention tomorrow night. Kinda makes you wonder what the point is.

  • Mike | February 26, 2012 1:08 PM

    The Artist is still a 15mil production budget. Not really independent.

  • Ken | February 25, 2012 11:21 PM

    Right. And obviously there's gonna be overlap every once in awhile because a lot of indie films of the past 5-6 years have been getting Oscar love. But it's weird to me that a $20 million movie starring George Clooney is anywhere near the Indie Spirit Awards. The Artist, I can understand, but the Weinstein Company is an "independent studio" in name only. They're also complete awards whores.

  • Brian | February 25, 2012 9:54 PM

    Agreed, the Spirit Awards shouldn't be like the Golden Globes, yet another way for the big best picture nominees to get more credit. It should be a celebration of Independent filmmaking. The Artist is a nice movie yes, but come on, it's already gonna get all the Oscar love.

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