"The Artist" takes the crown -- again!
The 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards were dealt out by host Seth Rogen in Santa Monica on Saturday, granting the silent film and Oscar favorite "The Artist" the Best Feature nod and three other trophies.
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The flick earned Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, Best Cinematographer for Guillaume Schiffman and Best Lead Actor award for Jean Dujardin, with Dujardin beating out Demian Bechir ("A Better Life"), Woody Harrelson ("Rampart"), Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter") and even hottie Ryan Gosling ("Drive").
Michelle Williams stole some spotlight as well, topping Lauren Ambrose ("Think of Me"), Rachael Harris ("Natural Selection"), Adepero Oduye ("Pariah") and newcomer Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") by nabbing the best actress award for her take on Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn."
As for supporting actor and actress, Christopher Plummer scored a new one for the shelf, winning for "Beginners" and Shailene Woodley won for her role alongside George Clooney in "The Descendants." Shailene accepted her win by observing, "those four months shaped my young adult life." Congrats to all!
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Here's a complete list of winners:
Best Feature: "The Artist"--Producer: Thomas Langmann
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius--"The Artist"
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"
Best First Feature: "Margin Cal"l--Director: J.C. Chandor
Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash--"The Descendants"
Best First Screenplay: Will Reiser--"50/50"
Best Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman--"The Artist"
Robert Altman Award: "Margin Call"
Best Documentary: "The Interrupters"--Director/Producer: Steve James; Producer: Alex Kotlowitz
Best Foreign Film: "A Separation" (Iran)--Director: Asghar Farhadi
John Cassavetes Award: "Pariah"--Writer/Director: Dee Rees; Producer: Nekisa Cooper
Audi Someone to Watch Award: Mark Jackson--"Without"
Truer Than Fiction Award: Heather Courtney--"Where Soldiers Come From"
Piaget Producers Award: Sophia Lin--"Take Shelter"
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