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Film Independent Spirit Awards: Watch the Stars Arrive

Originally posted 02/25/2012 02:00PM



Sunday may be Hollywood's biggest night, but for many films, there's another shot at taking home top honors this weekend: Saturday's 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards.

Can't make it? We've got you covered!

You can watch nominees like My Week with Marilyn star Michelle Williams, Ryan Gosling, The Help's Jessica Chastain, The Artist's Jean Dujardin and more as they arrive on the purple carpet.

Hosted by Seth Rogen, the ceremony celebrates "artist-driven filmmaking" and "the finest acheivements of American independent filmmakers," according to a statement from Film Independent Co-President Sean McManus.

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James Franco, Natalie Portman Take Home Spirit Awards

James Franco, Natalie Portman Take Home Spirit Awards

Originally posted 02/26/2011 08:30PM

James Franco can breathe a tiny sigh of relief.

The Oscar host, who is also nominated for Best Actor at Sunday's show, already won a best actor award this weekend – at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

"I just went through film school at NYU and finished my thesis film, so independent film means a lot to me," said the actor, who was nominated for his role in 127 Hours as real life adventurer Aron Ralston, who had to sever his own arm when he got trapped under a boulder in 2003.

Natalie Portman, the heavily favored frontrunner for Oscar's Best Actress award, took home the Spirit award for female acting for Black Swan, which also won for best picture and best director for Darren Aronosky on Saturday.

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Nicole Kidman, Mark Ruffalo Among Indie Spirit Presenters | Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, Mark Ruffalo Among Indie Spirit Presenters

Originally posted 02/14/2011 03:15PM

Nominated actors Nicole Kidman and Mark Ruffalo are among presenters at the Feb. 26 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Other presenters include the show's 2008 host Rainn Wilson and fellow actor Diego Luna.

The ceremony, hosted by Joel McHale, will air on IFC at 10 p.m. ET.

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James Franco, Natalie Portman Get Lead Acting Nods for Spirit Awards

James Franco, Natalie Portman Get Lead Acting Nods for Spirit Awards

Originally posted 11/30/2010 01:10PM

Next year is shaping up to be a big one for James Franco.

The actor will co-host the Oscars – plus on Tuesday he scored a leading actor nod for 127 Hours for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film was also nominated for best feature and will compete against Black Swan, Winter's Bone, The Kids Are All Right and Greenberg.

Winter's Bone dominated the nominations with seven nods, while 127 Hours, Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right also took multiple nominations.

Natalie Portman (Black Swan) also nabbed a leading actress nod, as did Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right; Greta Gerwig for Greenberg; Nicole Kidman for her role in Rabbit Hole; Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine and Jennfier Lawrence for Winter's Bone.

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Gabourey Sidibe: From $2 a Day to Best Actress | Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Gabourey Sidibe

Independent Spirit Awards 2010

Gabourey Sidibe: From $2 a Day to Independent Spirit Awards Win

Originally posted 03/06/2010 01:30AM

Who knew how far $2 could go? Gabourey Sidibe's mom, who used to pay her daughter that amount each day to attend school, does now.

"I saved up my money for a week so I could see Welcome to the Dollhouse," Sidibe, the Independent Spirit Awards' best female lead winner, said in her beaming acceptance speech Friday night. She excitedly explained that it was the first film that made her think: "I could do that." A notion that gave birth to her own independent spirit and an Oscar-nominated performance in her first film, Precious.

Her costar Mo'Nique credited their "low-budget, independent film's" leaders for teaching her how to bring her A-game and score yet another trophy this awards season for best supporting female.

But it wasn't all about the best feature film of the year, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges continued his winning streak for best male lead, exclaiming to his wife that his Spirit award trophy would "really tie the room together!" He explained to PEOPLE after that it was his "little nod to The Dude."

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Indie Spirit Host Eddie Izzard | Eddie Izzard

5 Things You Didn't Know About Eddie Izzard

Originally posted 03/05/2010 03:00PM

Comedian Eddie Izzard will bring his signature dry – and sometimes wicked – sense of humor to his job hosting the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Friday in L.A. One thing he won't have: His typical cross-dressing ensemble of sequins and heels.

Instead, during the show being broadcast on the Independent Film Channel, he'll don "clothes," Izzard, 48, tells PEOPLE. "I thought of wearing things that are not clothes, like a sofa or vegetables, [but] I'm going to do it in boy mode."

Here are five things you might not know about the funnyman as he gets ready to host an awards show for the "first and only [time]."

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Anne Hathaway, Penélope Cruz Lead Spirit Award Nominees | Anne Hathaway, Penelope Cruz

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Anne Hathaway, Penélope Cruz Lead Spirit Award Nominees

Originally posted 12/02/2008 02:50PM

Having earned critical raves for her raw portrayal of recovering drug addict Kym in Rachel Getting Married, Anne Hathaway has now picked up another plaudit: a Spirit Award nomination.

Hathaway, 26, is in the running for best female lead and will face off against Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) when Film International's Spirit Awards are handed out Feb. 21.

In all, Rachel Getting Married, directed by Jonathan Demme, is up for six awards, as is Ballast, a drama about survival in the Mississippi Delta. Leading the field, both films were recognized in the best feature category and for their actors and directors.

Other high-profile nominees include: Penélope Cruz, for best supporting female in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona; Javier Bardem, for best male lead in that same film; and Sean Penn, as '70s gay activist Harvey Milk, in director Gus Van Sant's Milk. Penn's costar, James Franco, earned a best supporting male nod.
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Rainn Wilson to Host Independent Spirit Awards | Rainn Wilson

Rainn Wilson to Host Independent Spirit Awards

Originally posted 12/21/2007 12:55PM

Another awards show will go on, despite the writers' strike. The Office star Rainn Wilson will host Film Independent's annual Independent Spirit Awards honoring indie films.

The writers' union granted a waiver to the show, which will air live on the Independent Film Channel Feb. 23. Wilson, a Writers Guild of America member, will contribute to the writing on the program.

"The Spirit Awards and Film Independent have a long-standing, positive relationship with the Writers Guild," Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "We've worked over many, many years to have parity for writers as they're represented on our show."

The WGA rejected requests for similar waivers from organizers of the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, both of which may be impacted if the strike is not resolved. The Jan. 8 People's Choice Awards was forced to change formats due to the strike.
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Little Miss Sunshine Scores Spirit Nominations | Greg Kinnear

Little Miss Sunshine Scores Spirit Nominations

Originally posted 11/29/2006 08:45AM

The droll comedy Little Miss Sunshine and the gritty drug drama Half Nelson with five nods each (including best feature and best director), lead the nominations for the 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards, the Oscar eve bash that honors smaller films.

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Felicity, Matt Win Indie Honors | Felicity Huffman, Matt Dillon

Felicity, Matt Win Indie Honors

Originally posted 03/05/2006 01:00PM

Felicity Huffman walked away a winner at the Independent Spirit Awards, the art-house world's equivalent to the Oscars, which took place Saturday in Santa Monica.

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