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Seth Rogen to Host Indie Spirit Awards

Perfect choice. Producer, writer, actor, funnyman and soon-to-be-director Seth Rogen, who has a film in the Independent Spirit hunt ("50/50"), is hosting the Indie Spirit Awards on February 25, 2012.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2011 1:05 PM
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Oscar Talk: Impact of New York Critics, National Board of Review, Indie Spirits, We Bought a Zoo Review

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2011 11:53 AM
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Tuesday Awards Wrap-Up: Who Comes Out Ahead?

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 29, 2011 1:43 PM
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Film Independent Spirit Awards' Jameson Grant: Accepting Submissions for Find Your Audience Award

Film Independent's Spirit Awards is now accepting submissions for the Jameson FIND Your Audience Award, one of four filmmaker grants. The Jameson grant, in its second year and funded by Jameson Irish Whiskey, is designed to help build an audience for a feature length narrative or documentary filmmaker. In addition to the $40,000 grant, the winner will be featured at the Independent Spirit Awards on February 25 and will receive ongoing consultation from FIND. Jeff Malmberg's excellent documentary Marwencol was last year's winner.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 3, 2011 1:19 AM
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How Brit Awards Impact Oscars

The British contingent of Academy voters is sizable, stateside and abroad, and can have an impact on the Academy Awards. But so can British critics and voters for the British Academy Awards, or BAFTAs. Check out the list of nominees (here and below) for the 14th British Independent Film Awards, a small group that has a large impact. Why?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 31, 2011 5:18 AM
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Indie Spirit Awards 2012 Return to Saturday Afternoon on the Beach in Santa Monica

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.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 27, 2011 6:48 AM
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Cinema Eye Nominees Include Lauded Docs Senna, The Interrupters, The Arbor, Dragonslayer

The 2012 Cinema Eye Honors nominations, announced Wednesday in London, were dominated by Tristan Patterson's skateboard doc Dragonslayer, Danfung Dennis’ Afghan embed adventure Hell and Back Again, Patricio Guzman's Nostalgia for the Light, dramatic car racing doc Senna, Clio Bernard's audacious The Arbor, the third installment of the Indonesian family trilogy Position Among the Stars, and Steve James' The Interrupters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 26, 2011 11:13 AM
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Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit

Things I Learned On the Awards Party Circuit
On Oscar night I started on the red carpet --taking pictures, grabbing video interviews and tweeting madly--and then repaired to the interview room to listen to the show and backstage Q and As (transcripts here). After the best picture winners for The King's Speech had wrapped up, I walked over to the Governor's Ball just as Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban were leaving, heading down the escalator; the trio of winning producers, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, posed for me with their Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2011 2:10 AM
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Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap

Oscar Talk: Final Edition, Oscar Wrap
It's a wrap, as In Contention's Kris Tapley and I analyze Sunday night's Oscar show winners and losers (below). Co-host Anne Hathaway came out ahead of James Franco, who seemed to be either too tired or too bored to do more than phone it in between tweets. (Caryn James' review is here.) Maybe he really was more comfortable at the Spirit Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2011 10:30 AM
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Spirit Awards: Black Swan Wins Four, Portman and Franco Take Home Acting Awards

Spirit Awards: Black Swan Wins Four, Portman and Franco Take Home Acting Awards
Fox Searchlight was the big winner Saturday at Film Independent's Spirit Awards as Black Swan collected four awards, for best feature, actress (Natalie Portman), director (Darren Aronfosky) and cinematography (Matthew Libatique) while a tired-looking James Franco, who is not only co-hosting Sunday's Oscars but threw a post-Gagosian show party Friday night, won best actor for 127 Hours.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 27, 2011 12:50 AM
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