Silver Linings Playbook Has Great Juju at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards

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It would be the film with the juju in David O. Russell’s zany black comedy that was the toast of the  28th Independent Spirit Awards beating Beasts Of The Southern Wild – its fiercest rival in all major categories. Silver Linings Playbook cleaned up, grabbing Best Feature, Director, Screenplay and Best Actress went to Jennifer Lawrence – the heavy favorite for tomorrow’s Oscar. Fox Searchlight might have grabbed only one award for Beasts in the Cinematography category, but it’s other Sundance pick-up The Sessions managed to nab a pair of acting prizes for Helen Hunt and Oscar snubbed John Hawkes for Best Male Lead. In our favorite grant categories, Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot) nabbed the Someone to Watch Award (last year it went to Mark Jackson), the Piaget Producers Award went to Mynette Louie (she produced Tze Chun’s sophomore film Eye of Winter which we are keeping a close eye on) and Peter Nicks’ The Waiting Room received some more much needed love picking up the Stella Artois Truer than Fiction award. Here’s the complete list of winners and nominees.

BEST FEATURE

Silver Linings Playbook
Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Bernie
Keep The Lights On
Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DIRECTOR

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet
Ira Sachs, Keep the Lights On
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts Of The Southern Wild

BEST SCREENPLAY

David O Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
Zoe Kazan, Ruby Sparks
Martin McDonagh, Seven Psychopaths
Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, Keep the Lights On

BEST FIRST FEATURE

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Director: Stephen Chbosky. Producer: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith
Fill The Void – Director: Rama Burshtein – Producer: Assaf Amir
Gimme The Loot – Director: Adam Leon. Producers: Dominic Buchanan, Natalie Difford, Jamund Washington
Sound Of My Voice – Director: Zal Batmanglij. Producers: Brit Marling, Hans Ritter, Shelley Surpin
Safety Not Guaranteed – Director: Colin Trevorrow. Producers: Derek Connolly, Stephanie Langhoff, Peter Saraf, Colin Trevorrow, Marc Turtletaub

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed
Rama Burshtein, Fill The Void
Christopher Ford, Robot & Frank
Rashida Jones & Will McCormack, Celeste And Jesse Forever
Jonathan Lisecki, Gayby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Ben Richardson, Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Yoni Brook, Valley Of Saints
Lol Crawley, Here
Roman Vasyanov, End Of Watch
Robert Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

Middle Of Nowhere – Writer-director-producer: Ava DuVernay. Producers: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes
Breakfast With Curtis – Writer-director-producer: Laura Colella
Mosquita Y Mari – Writer-director: Aurora Guerrero. Producer: Chad Burris
The Color Wheel – Writer-director-producer: Alex Ross Perry. Writer: Carlen Altman
Starlet – Writer-director: Sean Baker. Writer: Chris Bergoch. Producer: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Linda Cardellini, Return
Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle Of Nowhere
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

BEST MALE LEAD

John Hawkes, The Sessions
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Thure Lindhardt, Keep The Lights On
Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe
Wendell Pierce, Four

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister
Ann Dowd, Compliance
Brit Marling, Sound Of My Voice
Lorraine Toussaint, Middle Of Nowhere

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
David Oyelowo, Middle Of Nowhere
Michael Pena, End Of Watch
Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths
Bruce Willis, Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DOCUMENTARY

The Invisible War – Director: Kirby Dick. Producers: Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering
How To Survive A Plague – Director: David France. Producers: David France, Howard Gertler
Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present – Director: Matthew Akers. Producers: Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre
The Central Park Five – Directors-producers: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
The Waiting Room – Director-producer: Peter Nicks. Producers: Linda Davis, William B Hirsch

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

Amour (France), Michael Haneke
Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Turkey), Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Rust And Bone (France-Belgium), Jacques Audiard
Sister (Switzerland), Ursula Meier
War Witch (Democratic Republic Of Congo-Canada), Kim Nguyen

FILMMAKER GRANTS

16th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

Stones In The Sun – Producer: Mynette Louie
Nobody Walks – Producer: Alicia Van Couvering
Prince Avalanche – Producer: Derrick Tseng

19th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

Gimme The Loot, Adam Leon
Pincus, David Fenster
Electrick Children, Rebecca Thomas

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

The Waiting Room, Peter Nicks
Leviathan, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
Only The Young, Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Starlet
Director: Sean Baker
Casting director: Julia Kim
Ensemble cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)