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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Independent Spirit Awards Honor Their Top Films of 2011

In the most laid back of the award shows, the Independent Spirit Awards celebrated their top picks for the best underground movies from last year. Filled with familiar faces from big budget flicks and relative unknowns from teenier yet beloved movies, the show honored the silent film darling The Artist with four awards, including one for director Michel Hazanavicius and leading man Jean Dujardin (snagging the award from Take Shelter's Michael Shannon). Hollywood has already been placing bets that the film will sweep at tomorrow's Oscars as well.

Other honorees include Michelle Williams (her first win and fifth nod) for My Week with Marilyn, The Descendants' Shailene Woodley, and Christopher Plummer for Beginners.

In a surprising win, the underrated drama Pariah took home the John Cassavetes Award for films made under $500,000.

But, seriously, no award for Michael Shannon? The Artist is an exquisite film and Dujardin is spot-on in it, but Shannon owned Take Shelter, along with Jessica Chastain (in arguably her best performance from last year). However, it looks like the tribe has spoken.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Feature
The Artist

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best First Feature
Margin Call

Best Male Lead
Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Female Lead
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Male
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Female
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

John Cassavetes Award for films made under $500,000

Best Documentary
The Interrupters

Best Cinematography
Guillaume Shiffman, The Artist

Best First Screenplay
Will Reiser, 50/50

Best Screenplay
Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Best Foreign Film
A Separation

Robert Altman Award for ensemble
Margin Call


s. said...

For me Shannon is somewhere in top 5 for best performance by actor last year, but Dujardin and Fassbender are more worthy in my opinion. Take Shelter is an amazing film, though and should get more awards especially for the amazing original score.

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