Thompson on Hollywood

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; Film Independent members and all past Spirit Award winners and nominees are able to vote.

Last year's event was hosted by Joel McHale, and winners included Black Swan (Best Picture, Best Female Lead for Natalie Portman, Best Director for Darren Aronofsky, Best Cinematography for Matthew Libatique), Winter's Bone (Best Supporting Female and Male for Dale Dickey and John Hawkes), 127 Hours (Best Male Lead for James Franco), The King's Speech (Best Foreign Film), Exit Through the Gift Shop (Best Documentary) and The Kids Are All Right (Best Screenplay for Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg).