Independent Spirit Awards Winners

Yesterday, the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards took place showcasing the best in independent filmmaking in the world. The big winners of the night were SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which is directed by David O.Russell, stars Bradley Cooper & Jennifer Lawrence and is adapted from the novel written by Matthew Quick.

Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert DeNiro) after spending eight months is a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life and remain positive but when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated.

Other winners included the stunning THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED and Michael Haneke’s AMOUR

BEST FEATURE:
“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST DIRECTOR
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST SCREENPLAY
“Silver Linings Playbook

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
“Safety Not Guaranteed

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000.  Award given to the writer, director, and producer.
“Middle of Nowhere

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST MALE LEAD
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Matthew McConaughey, “Magic Mike”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“The Invisible War”

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
“Amour

16th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD – The 16th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.
Mynette Louie

19th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD – The 19th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
Adam Leon, “Gimme the Loot”

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD – The 18th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition.  The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.
Peter Nicks, “The Waiting Room”

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD – (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)
Starlet
Director: Sean Baker
Casting Director: Julia Kim
Ensemble Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone

About The Author

Reviews Editor, Contributor and Festival Coordinator

Ollie has written for Front Row Reviews pretty much since its inception about seven years ago whilst still studying Film & Television. Since then, he was trust into the world of independent film distribution and has recently started working with Picturehouse Entertainment in their Marketing Department. Having written and produced two radio series, he is moving hoping to (one day) write a web series/short film/feature (delete as appropriate ;)). His favourite director is David Lynch (which makes him make a lot of sense!) and his favourite films are The Hours, Mulholland Drive, Volver, Blade Runner and Bridget Jones Diary.

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