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

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 27, 2011 at 6:48AM

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.
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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).

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Genres, Headliners, Indie Spirits, Independents


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.