2014 Independent Spirit Awards Winners: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years A Slave, Fox Searchlight’s major Oscar contender, had a great Saturday leading into Oscar Sunday. The film won five Film Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Best Director Steve McQueen, Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o and Best Screenplay John Ridley. Dallas Buyers Club was also a big winner, taking home trophies for its two male leads: Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Find out the other 2014 Independent Spirit Awards Winners below.

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The Oscars for movies made for under $20 million, the Independent Spirit Awards, announced their 2012 nominees Tuesday morning. Leading the pack with the most nominations were Jeff Nichols’ Michael Shannon-centric Take Shelter and Michel Hazanavicius’ black and white silent film The Artist. Those two will compete for the big award, Best Feature Film, with 50/50, The Descendants, Drive and Beginners. Read the rest of the nominees after the jump. Read More »

After Winter’s Bone won Best Feature at the first award ceremony of the season Monday, it kept its momentum up Tuesday by getting seven nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. That’s more nominations than any other film on the list, beating out fellow Best Feature nominees 127 Hours, Black Swan, Greenberg, and The Kids Are All Right.

These nominations are only given to films which were produced for under $20 million, so other big award contenders like Inception, The Social Network and Toy Story 3 don’t qualify. The awards will be handed out on February 26 live on IFC with host Joel McHale. Check out the full list of nominations after the jump. Read More »

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The first big bash of the awards season took place last night as the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards gave out top honors to The Hurt Locker, Food Inc. and Big Fan director Robert Siegel. Best Feature went to The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, director; Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro, producers) which also won Best Ensemble Performance. Best Documentary deservedly went to Food, Inc. (Robert Kenner, director; Robert Kenner, Elise Pearlstein, producers) and the Breakthrough Director award went to Siegel.

After the break, nominations for the Independent Spirit Awards and the animation-oriented Annies. Read More »

2007 Independent Spirit Awards Winners

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine won the top prize at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, a day before the underdog indie comedy competes for Best Picture at the 2007 Academy Awards. Could the little indie that could win an Oscar? Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

Best Feature: Little Miss Sunshine
Best Female Lead: Shareeka Epps for Half Nelson
Best Male Lead: Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson
Best Supporting Female: Frances McDormand for Friends with Money
Best Supporting Male: Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman for Thank You for Smoking
Best First Screenplay: Michael Arndt for Little Miss Sunshine
Best Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro for Pan’s Labyrinth
Best First Feature: Sweet Land
Best Foreign Film: Leben der Anderen, Das
Best Documentary: The Road to Guantanamo
John Cassavetes Award: Quincea�era
Truer Than Fiction Award: P.O.V.: The Tailenders (#19.5)

I’m glad to see Quincea�era get an award, but I’m surprised that Pan’s Labyrinth didn’t win best feature.

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