Sunday, February 26, 2012

Awards Watch: 'The Artist' Sweeps the Independent Spirit Awards


The Independent Spirit Awards are often the most exciting celebration of the Awards Season. Why? Well, usually the year's BEST films are nominated - and don't get recognised anywhere else. This year Drive, Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene are just some of the films that feature.

But, this year, because The Artist is also nominated, events proceeded the same way as many prior ceremonies. The Artist, as it is expected to do at tomorrow's 84th Academy Awards, took out Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). Will Reiser won Best First Screenplay for 50/50, Best First Feature went to Margin Call and The Interrupters won Best Documentary.

Best Feature: The Artist
Best Female Lead: Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
Best Male Lead: Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Best Supporting Female: Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Best Supporting Male: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants)
Best First Screenplay: Will Reiser (50/50)
Best Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
Best First Feature: Margin Call
Best International Film: A Separation
Best Documentary: The Interrupters
John Cassavetes Award: Pariah
Truer Than Fiction Award: Where Soldiers Come From
Someone to Watch Award: Mark Jackson for Without
Producers Award: Sophia Lin for Take Shelter
Robert Altman Award: Margin Call

4 comments:

  1. Huge YEY for Dujardin! :) Too Bad "Shame" got nothing, though :/

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    1. Yeah, I really liked Dujardin in The Artist, but i thought this might have gone to Michael Shannon. He has gone home almost empty-handed all season.

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  2. Is it me or am I getting tired of The Artist winning all of these awards? I like the film but I didn't think it was that great.

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    1. I'm with you. It is a heartwarming experience, but is quite a way down my personal depth chart. Drive and Take Shelter were also nominated. I would have had to make a tough decision to split them.

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