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Live Backstage at the 2013 Indie Spirit Awards: 'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominates with Best Feature, Director and Actress; Hawkes Wins for Actor

TOH! was live backstage at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Here's a roundup of the winners and what they had to say.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 23, 2013 6:11 PM
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Film Independent Chiefs McManus and Welsh Preview Indie Spirits, Take Stock of LACMA and LAFF

Just a year ago, long-time Film Independent staffers Sean McManus and Josh Welsh took on new roles as co-presidents of Film Independent, which runs many vital programs for the West Coast independent film community, as well as the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival. They replaced Dawn Hudson, who left FIND to become the CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I talked to the two men on the phone about where they are and where they're going--and the upcoming Indie Spirits, my favorite awards event.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 20, 2013 5:46 PM
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Indie Spirit Award Nominations Analysis- 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' Lead Noms (UPDATED)

The Indie Spirit Award Nominations came rolling in this morning, with "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Bernie," "Keep the Lights On," "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Silver Linings Playbook" all securing Best Feature nominations. Full list below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 27, 2012 1:30 PM
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Spirit Awards Pitch a Tent in Santa Monica for 28th Awards Show February 23

It's back to the white tent on the Santa Monica beach the day before the Oscars, February 23, for the indie alternative awards show--a favorite for many each year--Film Independent's Spirit Awards. The 28th Indie Spirits will be exclusively broadcast the same night on IFC after its live taping. The nominees will be announced November 27; and Film Independent members are eligible to vote.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 14, 2012 12:42 PM
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Indie Spirit Awards Pick 2013 Date

Film Independent announces the dates for its 28th annual Indie Spirit Awards: February 23, 2013. The show will air on IFC.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 14, 2012 2:35 PM
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Film Independent Spirit Awards: Complete List of Winners

As expected, "The Artist" dominated Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, winning four awards for best feature, director, actor and cinematography. The drama was getting "The Artist" creative team via police escort to the event from a delayed flight from Paris, where the film won six Cesars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2012 7:16 PM
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Live Backstage at the 2012 Indie Spirit Awards: 'The Artist' Dominates; Williams No Longer 'Susan Lucci' of Spirit Awards

TOH! is live backstage at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Check back for updates as the winners accept their awards and meet the press.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 25, 2012 3:53 PM
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Producer Stephanie Allain to Helm Los Angeles Film Festival

Film Independent, the organization behind the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, has finally confirmed producer Stephanie Allain as the new Los Angeles Film Festival Director, replacing Rebecca Yeldham, who has returned to producing.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 25, 2012 9:28 PM
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Golden Globes Weekend Preview: Critics Choice, AFI, BAFTA Rising Stars, Parties

It's a busy awards weekend in Hollywood. It all starts off with Thursday night's Critics Choice Movie Awards, which happens to air live on VH1 the night before Oscar ballots are due--at 5 PM Friday. Last year the CCMA chose 18 Oscar winners out of its 20 awards. (My winners' predictions here do not reflect my actual votes.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2012 9:53 AM
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Indie Spirit Nominee 'Without' Team Talk Micro-Budget Filmmaking, Distribution

Writer-director Mark Jackson is up for the “Someone to Watch” award at the Indie Spirits, to be held in Santa Monica on February 25, for his micro-budget "Without." The film is a quiet character study featuring a daring performance by the newcomer, Joslyn Jensen.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • December 21, 2011 11:47 AM
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