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12 Years a Slave Triumphs at Independent Spirit Awards



The Independent Spirit Awards were held tonight. In a near-sweep, 12 Years a Slave won 5 awards. The only races it lost were Lead and Supporting Actor, but of which went to Dallas Buyers Club. No other film won more than a single award.

There’s a good chance many of these winners win find themselves victorious tomorrow night as well. But I would hesitate to look at tonight’s proceedings as any kind of indication. While one or two individual nominees are up for both, the majority of the competition is different between the Spirits and the Oscars.

Read the full list of winners below…

Best Feature
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Director
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Best First Feature
“Fruitvale Station”

Best Screenplay
“12 Years a Slave”

Best First Screenplay

Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Best Male Lead
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Female
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Supporting Male
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Cinematography
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Editing
“Short Term 12”

Best Documentary
“20 Feet from Stardom”

Best International Film
“Blue is the Warmest Color”

Robert Altman Award

John Cassavetes Award
“This is Martin Bonner”

Piaget Producers Award
Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston

Someone to Watch Award
Shaka King, “Newlyweeds”

Truer Than Fiction Award
Jason Osder, “Let the Fire Burn”

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Independent Spirit Awards Tonight


The Independent Spirit Awards are always held the Saturday night before the Oscars. Without cable I’ve never been able to watch them, and I haven’t much kept up with their progress this season. But I do love independent cinema, and I wish I had the ability to be more invested in this race.

Be sure to check out In Contention’s predictions for the show, including all the nominees.

I’ll post the results tonight or tomorrow morning.