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Birdman dominates Independent Spirit Award nominations

Birdman dominates Independent Spirit Award nominations

The film that opened the Venice Film Festival, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, has topped the nominations list for the thirtieth Film Independent Spirit Awards; it’s nominated in six categories, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead for Michael Keaton, and Emma...

Spirits have a Silver Lining

Spirits have a Silver Lining

David O Russell’s Oscar-hopeful Silver Linings Playbook has taken the top awards at the Independent Spirit Awards, in a marquee on the Santa Monica sea-front. The film won the Best Feature prize and the writer-director himself took the trophy for both of his roles. The film’s star Jennif...

Artist winning streak continues at Spirits

Artist winning streak continues at Spirits

A film that its producers say was difficult to fund because it seemed so uncommercial has won another cluster of prizes at the final ceremony before the ultimate night of the awards calendar - the Oscars. The silent and black-and-white love-letter to...

Take Shelter, Beginners and Drive among Spirit nominees

Take Shelter, Beginners and Drive among Spirit nominees

Next year's celebration of American independent cinema, the beach-front Spirit Awards, will feature a range of highly regarded films including Take Shelter, Beginners, Drive and the upcoming The Artist and The Descendants. Two British films will be hoping to follow the rather counter-intuitive lead...

Black Swan swoops down on the Spirits

Black Swan swoops down on the Spirits

Darren Aronofsky's psychological ballet drama was the biggest winner of the day at Film Independent's Spirit Awards. As well as taking Best Picture, and Best Director, it won Best Cinematography and Best Actress for Natalie Portman, who is tipped to collect the...

Independent Juno wins big at the Spirits

Independent Juno wins big at the Spirits

Jason Korsner, reporting from Los Angeles, captures the parts ofAngelina Jolie other paparazzi can't reach 29 February 2008 The scene was the same as usual - a marquee on the beach at Santa Monica, California - but with strong winds and heavy rain, the weather was slightly less suited to the...

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