Silver Linings Playbook Dominates Independent Spirit Awards

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The Independent Spirit Awards, the last trophies awarded this season before the Oscars, were handed out tonight on the beach in Santa Monica. For those who received Academy Award nominations, this was the final awards show before they find out if the title "Oscar winner" is suddenly attached to their name. The clear winner of this year's Spirit Awards was Silver Linings Playbook.

Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Lawrence Bradley Cooper

Not only did David O. Russell win for his direction and screenplay, but Silver Linings Playbook took home best feature and Jennifer Lawrence won for Lead Actress in a Film. As we reported in our Academy Awards predictions, Lawrence is the favorite to win the title at the Academy Awards Sunday night. This victory only enhances that fact.

Essentially ignored by the Oscars, The Sessions scored big as well as winning acting awards for Best Female Lead Helen Hunt and Best Male Lead John Hawkes.

One of the highlights of the evening for Movie Fanatic was the victory of Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike. He had one of the best years of anyone, yet has failed to earn any honors thus far in awards season. His turn in Magic Mike was astounding and we're thrilled that someone noticed.

The 2013 Independent Spirit Awards Winners:

Best Feature
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Male Lead
John Hawkes, The Sessions

Best Female Lead
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Supporting Male
Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

Matthew McConaughey Stars in Magic Mike

Best Supporting Female
Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best International Film
Amour, directed by Michael Haneke

Best Screenplay
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Best First Feature
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, directed by Stephen Chbosky

Best First Screenplay
Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed

Robert Altman Award (For ensemble cast)

Starlet, directed by Sean Baker, starring Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, and James Ransone

John Cassaveetes Award (For best feature made for under $500,000)
Middle of Nowhere

Best Cinematography
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild Star Quvenzhane Wallis

Best Documentary
The Invisible War

19th Annual Someone To Watch Award
Gimme the Loot, directed by Adam Leon

Stellar Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
The Waiting Room,  directed by Peter Nicks

16th Annual Piaget Producers Award
Stones in the Sun, produced by Mynette Louie

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