Entries in Independent Spirit Awards (3)


"Silver Linings Playbook," "Moonrise Kingdom" Lead Spirit Award Nominees

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There's a silver lining to Tuesday's announcement of the nominees for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, honoring the best in independent film.

The critically-acclaimed Bradley Cooper-Jennifer Lawrence film Silver Linings Playbook tied Moonrise Kingdom for the most nods, with five apiece.  Both are contenders for best feature, best director and best screenplay.

Cooper and Lawrence are both up for lead acting awards.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, starring a potential Oscar nominee in 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, picked up four nods.  She earned an acting nomination, too, and tells ABC News Radio, "If I don't win, at least I came here and got nominated.  That's all that happened."

The director of the film, Benh Zeitlin, adds, "The amount of support we've been's been other-worldly.  It's really wonderful."

The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony will take place in Santa Monica, Calif., on Feb. 23 and will air on tape delay that evening on IFC.

A full list of nominees is available at

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'The Artist,' 'Take Shelter' Lead Spirit Award Nominees

John Shearer/Getty Images For Piaget(LOS ANGELES) -- The silent movie The Artist and the drama Take Shelter each earned five nominations Tuesday for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which celebrates the best in the independent film genre.

They are both contenders for best feature, as are the Seth Rogen-Joseph Gordon-Levitt dramedy 50/50, George Clooney's The Descendants, Ryan Gosling's Drive, and the Ewan McGregor drama Beginners.

Actors who received individual nods include Gosling, his Drive co-star Albert Brooks, and My Week with Marilyn actress Michelle Williams.

The Spirit Awards will be presented on Feb. 25 -- the day before the Oscars -- in Santa Monica, Calif.

A full list of nominees is available at

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Independent Spirit Awards Pave the Way to Oscar Night

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar nominees James Franco, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman and more stars hit the beach for the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday afternoon, which honors the best in indie film. Black Swan twirled away with the ceremony's top prize, best picture, while Portman and director Darren Aronofsky picked up trophies for best actress and best director.

Best actor went to 127 Hours star James Franco, who will host the Oscars with Anne Hathaway.

"I just went through film school at NYU and finished my thesis film," he said, "so independent film means a lot to me."

Franco is also up for best actor at the Oscars.

Emceeing the Independent Spirit Awards, Community star Joel McHale poked fun at the man of the hour, saying, "Someone is giving exposure to the criminally under-used James Franco."

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