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Independent Spirit Awards 2012

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Anna Kendrick's Cocktail of Choice? Whiskey! | Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick's Cocktail of Choice? Whiskey!

Originally posted 02/29/2012 05:55AM

Just one day before the Academy Awards, 50/50 star Anna Kendrick managed to fit in a little relaxation time after walking the red carpet at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday. She and an unidentifiable male "made a beeline" backstage where she sipped on a cocktail made of Jameson Irish Whiskey, a three-year sponsor of the awards. An onlooker tells PEOPLE that the actress "was very friendly to others in the lounge and seemed to be a in a great mood as she enjoyed her beverage." – Dahvi Shira

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Michelle Williams Wins Indie Spirit Award | Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams, The Artist Win Big at Indie Spirit Awards

Originally posted 02/25/2012 07:15PM

Michelle Williams has another trophy to put on her mantel.

The My Week with Marilyn star earned best female lead for her on-screen transformation into dazzling blond icon Marilyn Monroe Saturday at the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards. Accepting the award, she joked about how she wore "her own clothes" and cut "her own hair" when she came to the ceremony for the first time 10 years ago.

Williams, 31, already took home a major win for the role at the Golden Globe Awards and, come Sunday, she might have another prize for her shelf after the Academy Awards.

But the Indie Awards's biggest winner was The Artist, which took home the afternoon's top honor, best feature.

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Seth Rogen: I'm Proud to Be Named 'Stoner of the Year' | Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen: I'm Proud to Be Named 'Stoner of the Year'

Originally posted 02/25/2012 09:00AM

An Oscar would be nice and all, but Seth Rogen says he's already "won the one award" he's longed to earn.

"I've won it twice, and that is High Times magazine's Stoner of the Year," Rogen, 29, says. "I actually lost to James Franco eventually."

The funnyman, who goes on to say he'd "rather host the Oscars than win an Oscar," gets his first big hosting gig at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, airing on IFC at 10 p.m.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Chastain to Present at Film Independent Spirit Awards | Jessica Chastain, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Chastain to Present at Film Independent Spirit Awards

Originally posted 01/27/2012 09:40AM

The year's Film Independent Spirit Awards promises plenty of star wattage: nominee Jessica Chastain and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who stars in the best feature nominee, 50/50, will present at the show.

The ceremony, held the day before the Academy Awards in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., will also include appearances by Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and Ewan McGregor, who will also present awards on the show.

Hosted by Seth Rogen, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will also air on IFC on Feb. 25 (10 p.m.).

Among this year's crop of nominees: Michelle Williams, who also scored an Oscar nomination for My Week with Marilyn, for best female lead; and Ryan Gosling, who some say was snubbed at the Oscars, is up for best male lead for Drive.

Chastain, meanwhile, is up for best supporting female for Take Shelter.

Best feature nominees include: 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter, The Artist and The Descendants.

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