Results: Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012

Nominees Elizabeth Olsen and Shailene Woodley (Photos: Joe Kohen/Getty)

The Film Independent Spirit Awards celebrate the very best in independent film-making. Actor Seth Rogen hosts this year’s ceremony, which airs on IFC Saturday, February 25 at 10 p.m. EST.

Can’t wait to find out the big winners? XFINITY Entertainment Editor David Onda was at the ceremony(which was pre-taped) on Santa Monica beach in California and live-blogged the results. Presenters included Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Chastain, William H. Macy, Zoe Saldana, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Kirsten Dunst, Anthony Mackie, Chris Pine, Ed Helms, John Waters, Anna Kendrick, John Hawkes, Jonah Hill, Shailene Woodley, Terrence Howard, Patricia Clarkson, Rashida Jones, Rosario Dawson and more.

Check out the 2012 nominees and winners below, and don’t forget to join our live Academy Awards chat tomorrow night at 7 p.m. EST.


Hi folks, welcome to the Film Independent Spirit Awards live from Santa Monica beach in California. I’m here backstage in the press tent. The show is about to begin. Brush up on the nominees below and keep refreshing the blog for live results.

Seth Rogen is on the stage for his very first awards hosting gig. He’s totally killing it. The press is loving the jokes about being in a tent. He jokingly says that winning an Independent Spirit Award does nothing for your career.

Seth asks if anyone else was confused by the dress code “California Casual.” Yes! I was told the dress code was “LA Chic.”

Seth calls Brett Ratner a “biggot.” Now he just took a shot at Chris Brown, saying that being offensive gets you banned from the Oscars, but you can beat someone up and perform twice at the Grammys. His monologue is very, very funny. He is also swearing a lot. A whole lot.

George Clooney didn’t show up for the awards today. Neither did Lars Von Trier.

First presenters are Zoe Saldana and Jeffrey Dean Morgan present the award for Best Supporting Male. And the winner is…

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER for “The Beginners.”

Plummer jokes that he thought the “Spirit Awards” had something to do with alcohol. By the looks of the bar in the press room and the butlers with whiskey drinks on the purple carpet, I can’t blame him for thinking so. Nice acceptance speech.

Next presenters are Benjamin Bratt and Julia Ormond. They are presenting the award for Best First Screenplay. And the winner is …

WILL REISER for “50/50.”

Christopher Plummer has now entered the press tent for an interview. He calls “Beginners” a “moving, delightful story,” but regrets that so few people have seen it. You can watch it now on XFINITY On Demand. He jokes about the purple carpet saying he hoped for a gray carpet. He also called Uggie, the dog from “The Artist,” a “trickster.”

Now presenting: Giovanni Ribisi for Best Cinematography. And the winner is …


Next up is the musical duo Garfunkel & Oates. They are singing about the nominees for Best Feature. Commercial time.

Here comes the award for Best Supporting Female, presented by John Hawkes and Lucy Liu. And the winner is …

SHAILENE WOODLEY for “The Descendants.”

She’s so excited about winning. Says that the four months shooting the movie has shaped her young adult life. I just spotted Shailene outside the press tent. Her publicist is literally in tears because she’s so happy for her client. She’s now entered the press tent and says everyone on the film has “kind, gentle souls.” She calls George Clooney “the head of all the happiness” and a “dynamite human being.” Shai also says she’d like to make a “dark movie” next.

Now on-stage to present: Anne Heche and Ed Helms. They are presenting the John Cassavetes Award. And the winner is … “PARIAH.”

Next up, Chris Pine and Jessica Chastain present the award for Best Male Lead. And the winner is …

JEAN DUJARDIN for “The Artist.” And he is not here, but his brother is accepting for him. Wait, no. His brother is also not here, so his co-star accepted on his behalf. Odd.

Now on-stage: Rashida Jones and Ethan Hawke presenting the award for Best Documentary. And the winner is … “THE INTERRUPTERS.”

Next up to present is Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Elizabeth Banks, giving out the award for Best Screenplay. And the winner is … ALEXANDER PAYNE, NAT FAXON and JIM RASH for “The Descendents.”

Kate Beckinsale and Colin Farrell are now on stage presenting the award for Best International Film. And the winner is … “A SEPARATION.”

Now on stage, Anthony Mackie and Rosario Dawson, who are presenting the award for Best First Feature. Spike Lee, David O. Russell and Spike Jonze are past winners of this award. This year’s winner is … “MARGIN CALL.” Director J.C. Chandor is accepting the award. “I’m glad we made a good little movie,” he said.

Now on stage: Kirsten Dunst and Jonah Hill. Jonah can’t stop laughing at Kirsten mispronouncing something. They are presenting the award for Best Direction. And the winner is … MICHAEL HAZANAVICIUS for “The Artist.”

Olivia Wilde and Willem Dafoe are presenting the award for Best Female Lead. I spoke to Willem on the red carpet before the show and asked him which movie he would bring with him to a deserted island. He told me, “You know I don’t like that question.” And I thought, “How would I know he wouldn’t like that question? Is that a well-known fact?” So bizarre.

And the winner is … MICHELLE WILLIAMS. Could we see a repeat tomorrow at the Oscars?

Michelle’s speech is great, saying that the room is full of “misfits like me.” She recalled the first time she came to the Spirit Awards and cut her own hair and wore her own clothes. Perish the thought.

Ben Kinglsey is now presenting the final award for Best Feature. And the winner is …


Michelle Williams is now in the press tent. She called herself the Susan Lucci of the  Independent Spirit Awards. She looks gorgeous, sporting the menswear look with a navy blazer and She says she tried to think of Marilyn as “an ordinary girl” and put the idea that she was an icon out of her mind. As for her favorite Marilyn Monroe quote? She wouldn’t say, but playfully told the journalist who asked, “Find my later.” This girl is Marilyn Monroe 24/7 now. Check out part of Michelle’s post-win interview by clicking here.

And that’s the end of the show, folks! Check out the televised broadcast of the awards tonight on IFC at 10 p.m. EST.



Producers: Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin, Seth Rogen
Producers: Miranda de Pencier, Lars Knudsen, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Jay Van Hoy
Producers: Michel Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gig Pritzker, Adam Siegel
“Take Shelter”
Producers: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin
“The Artist”
Producer: Thomas Langmann
“The Descendants”
Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor



Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
Mike Mills – “Beginners”
Jeff Nichols – “Take Shelter”
Alexander Payne – “The Descendants”
Nicolas Winding Refn – “Drive”



Joseph Cedar – “Footnote”
Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
Tom McCarthy – “Win Win”
Mike Mills – “Beginners”
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash – “The Descendants”



“Another Earth”
Director: Mike Cahill
Producers: Mike Cahill, Hunter Gray, Brit Marling, Nicholas Shumaker
“In the Family”
Director: Patrick Wang
Producers: Robert Tonino, Andrew van den Houten, Patrick Wang
“Margin Call”
Director: J.C. Candor
Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa, Zachary Quinto
“Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Director: Sean Durkin
Producers: Antonio Campos, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Josh Mond
“Natural Selection”
Director: Robbie Pickering
Producers: Brion Hambel, Paul Jensen



Mike Cahill and Brit Marling – “Another Earth”
J.C. Candor – “Margin Call”
Patrick DeWitt – “Terri”
Phil Johnston – “Cedar Rapids”
Will Reiser – “50/50”


(Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000)

Writer/Director: Evan Glodell
Producers: Evan Glodell, Vincent Grashaw
Writer/Director: Maryam Keshavarz
Producers: Karin Chien, Maryam Keshavarz, Melissa Lee
“Hello Lonesome”
Writer/Director/Producer: Adam Reid
Writer/Director: Dee Rees
Producer: Nekisa Cooper
“The Dynamiter”
Writer: Brad Inglesby
Director: Matthew Gordon
Producers: Kevin Abrams, Matthew Gordon, Merrille Holt, Art Jones, Mike Jones, Nate Tuck, Amile Wilson


Lauren Ambrose – “Think of Me”
Rachael Harris – “Natural Selection”
Adepero Oduye – “Pariah”
Elizabeth Olsen – “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Michelle Williams – “My Week with Marilyn”



Demian Bichir – “A Better Life”
Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
Ryan Gosling – “Drive”
Woody Harrelson – “Rampart”
Michael Shannon – “Take Shelter”



Jessica Chastain – “Take Shelter”
Anjelica Huston – “50/50”
Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs”
Harmony Santana – “Gun Hill Road”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”



Albert Brooks – “Drive”
John Hawkes – “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
John C. Reilly – “Cedar Rapids”
Corey Stoll – “Midnight in Paris”



Joel Hodge – “Bellflower”
Benjamin Kasulke – “The Off Hours”
Darius Khondji – “Midnight in Paris”
Guillaume Schiffman – “The Artist”
Jeffrey Waldron – “The Dynamiter”



“An African Election”
Director/Producer: Jarreth Merz
“Bill Cunningham New York”
Director: Richard Press
Producer: Philip Gefter
“The Interrupters”
Director/Producer: Steve James
Producer: Alex Kotlowitz
“The Redemption of General Butt Naked”
Directors/Producers: Eric Strauss, Daniele Anastasion
“We Were Here”
Director/Producer: David Weissman



“A Separation” (Iran)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“Melancholia” (Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany)
Director: Lars Von Trier
“Shame” (UK)
Director: Steve McQueen
“The Kid with a Bike” (Belgium, France, Italy)
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
“Tyrannosaur” (UK)
Director: Paddy Considine


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