Spirit Awards Winners

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Best Feature
50/50 - Producers: Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin, Seth Rogen
Beginners - Producers: Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Jay Van Hoy
Drive - Producers: Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel
Take Shelter - Producers: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin
The Artist - Producer: Thomas Langmann *WINNER
The Descendants - Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Glad to see Drive and Take Shelter getting some love from the Indie Awards crowd, but disappointed to see The Artist took it home instead when there are superior pictures in the lot.

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist *WINNER
Mike Mills - Beginners
Jeff Nichols - Take Shelter
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive

At least Alexander Payne didn't win!

Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar - Footnote
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Tom McCarthy - Win Win
Mike Mills - Beginners
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash - The Descendants *WINNER

D'oh! This was not a very good short list anyway?

Best First Feature
Another Earth - Director: Mike Cahill, Producers: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Brit Marling, Nicholas Shumaker
In the Family - Director: Patrick Wang, Producers: Robert Tonino, Andrew van den Houten, Patrick Wang
Margin Call - Director: J.C. Chandor, Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto *WINNER
Martha Marcy May Marlene - Director: Sean Durkin, Producers: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond
Natural Selection - Director: Robbie Pickering, Producers: Brion Hambel, Paul Jensen

Good call on Margin Call. I think. Haven't seen Another Earth, In the Family or Natural Selection.

Best First Screenplay
Mike Cahill, Brit Marling - Another Earth
J.C. Chandor - Margin Call
Patrick deWitt - Terri
Phil Johnston - Cedar Rapids
Will Reiser - 50/50 *WINNER

Uh, serious? With Margin Call in the mix and they picked this mediocre script?

John Cassavetes Award
Bellflower - Writer/Director: Evan Glodell, Producers: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw
Circumstance - Writer/Director: Maryam Keshavarz, Producers: Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz, Melissa M. Lee
Hello Lonesome - Writer/Director/Producer: Adam Reid
Pariah - Writer/Director: Dee Rees, Producer: Nekisa Cooper *WINNER
The Dynamiter - Writer: Brad Inglesby, Director: Matthew Gordon, Producers: Kevin Abrams, Matthew Gordon, Merilee Holt, Art Jones, Mike Jones, Nate Tuck, Amile Wilson

What is this?

Best Female Lead
Lauren Ambrose - Think of Me
Rachael Harris - Natural Selection
Adepero Oduye - Pariah
Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn *WINNER

YAY! It sucks that the awards season so far for best actress has been all about Viola Davis vs. Meryl Streep. Awesome to see Michelle winning something.

Best Male Lead
Demián Bichir - A Better Life
Jean Dujardin - The Artist *WINNER
Ryan Gosling - Drive
Woody Harrelson - Rampart
Michael Shannon - Take Shelter

Ah well, no Gosling for Indie. Fassbender should've been nominated here though. What a SHAME.

Best Supporting Female
Jessica Chastain - Take Shelter
Anjelica Huston - 50/50
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Harmony Santana - Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants *WINNER

Wow. How did Jessica Chastain lose this one? Ridiculous.

Best Supporting Male
Albert Brooks - Drive
John Hawkes - Martha Marcy May Marlene
Christopher Plummer - Beginners *WINNER
John C. Reilly - Cedar Rapids
Corey Stoll - Midnight in Paris

Eh, haven't seen Beginners so no comment.

Best Cinematography
Joel Hodge - Bellflower
Benjamin Kasulke - The Off Hours
Darius Khondji - Midnight in Paris
Guillaume Schiffman - The Artist *WINNER
Jeffrey Waldron - The Dynamiter

It was good, but not that great?

Best Documentary
An African Election - Director/Producer: Jarreth Merz
Bill Cunningham New York - Director: Richard Press, Producer: Philip Gefter
The Interrupters - Director/Producer: Steve James, Producer: Alex Kotlowitz *WINNER
The Redemption of General Butt Naked - Director/Producers: Eric Strauss, Daniele Anastasion
We Were Here - Director/Producer: David Weissman

Where's Project Nim?

Best International Film
A Separation (Iran) *WINNER
Melancholia (Denmark/Sweden/France/Germany)
Shame (UK)
The Kid With a Bike (Belgium/France/Italy)
Tyrannosaur (UK)

So there's the best category at the Spirits.

Piaget Producers Award
Chad Burris - Mosquita y Mari
Sophia Lin - Take Shelter *WINNER
Josh Mond - Martha Marcy May Marlene


Someone to Watch Award
Simon Arthur - Silver Tongues
Mark Jackson - Without *WINNER
Nicholas Ozeki - Mamitas


Truer Than Fiction Award
Heather Courtney - Where Soldiers Come From *WINNER
Danfung Dennis - Hell and Back Again
Alma Har'el - Bombay Beach


Robert Altman Award
Margin Call - Director: J.C. Chandor
Casting Director: Tiffany Little Canfield, Bernard Telsey
Ensemble Cast: Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Mary McDonnell, Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci

I wholeheartedly agree. Fantastic cast. Very deserving of this special mention.

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4 Response to Spirit Awards Winners

February 26, 2012 at 9:25 AM



I have very little to say.. Haven't seen The Artist, Margin Call, 50/50, Beginners, A Separation or Take Shelter.

The Interrupters is supposed to be really fantastic though (lots of people were upset it got snubbed by the Oscars), and I've heard positive things about Pariah too.

February 27, 2012 at 9:29 PM

The Academy snubs a lot of things. Its name should be Snubbity Snub Snub.

I guess I'll add that to my list of things to unsnub?

February 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

That reminds me, I just saw this "Snubs 2012" video of performances and such that didn't get nominated.. Maybe another video worth posting here?


February 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I'll have to watch that later. My mobile (omg this site has a mobile version now!) won't let me copy the link?


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