The Artist Wins Top Honors at Spirit Awards

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The Artist began its march to Oscar glory today as it took the top prize at the annual Independent Spirit Awards. The film scored Best Feature, Male Lead, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Other big winners at the independent film fest awards that is held on the beach in Santa Monica were Michelle Williams in a shocking win as Female Lead for her work on My Week with Marilyn. And Supporting Female provided a shocker as well with Shailene Woodley earning a victory for her work on The Descendants.

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo in The Artist

Christopher Plummer won for Best Supporting Male for Beginners while the screenwriters from The Descendants scored for Best Screenplay. Look for them to also win the Oscar in the same category (as we call it in our Oscar predictions).

Independent Spirit Award Winners:

FEATURE
The Artist - Producer: Thomas Langmann

MALE LEAD
Jean Dujardin - The Artist

FEMALE LEAD
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn

SUPPORTING MALE
Christopher Plummer - Beginners

SUPPORTING FEMALE
Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist

SCREENPLAY
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash - The Descendants

FIRST FEATURE
Margin Call - Director: J.C. Chandor; producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto

FIRST SCREENPLAY
Will Reiser - 50/50

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Pariah - Writer/Director: Dee Rees; Producer: Nekisa Cooper

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Guillaume Schiffman - The Artist

DOCUMENTARY
The Interrupters - Director/Producer: Steve James; Producer: Alex Kotlowitz

INTERNATIONAL FILM
A Separation (Iran) - Director: Asghar Farhadi

AUDI SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Mark Jackson - Without

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Sophia Lin - Take Shelter

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Heather Courtney - Where Soldiers Come From

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

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