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October 16, 2009 | From A Times Staff Writer
The Spirit Awards, which in recent years have used the Santa Monica beach to hand out honors for the best independent films of the year, are moving downtown. Film Independent said Thursday that next year's presentation will take place March 5 in a tent at the L.A. Live complex in downtown Los Angeles. The move is being made in recognition of the event's 25th anniversary and to facilitate a live nighttime telecast on the Independent Film Channel.
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March 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As the final stop on the awards-show circuit before the Oscars, the Film Independent Spirit Awards serve as both a warm-up for the main event and a chance for some smaller non-Oscar-contenders to step into the spotlight for a moment. The race for best feature, the Spirit Awards' top honor, includes two Oscar nominees for best picture: the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the father-son road movie "Nebraska. " The other three candidates are "All Is Lost," about a sailor stranded in a damaged boat; "Frances Ha," about an aspiring dancer; and "Inside Llewyn Davis," about a down-on-his-luck folk singer.
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October 27, 2010
After a move to downtown Los Angeles last year, the Spirit Awards are heading back to the beach in Santa Monica. As previously announced, the Oscar-weekend ceremony also will return to a Saturday afternoon (Feb. 26) instead of the Friday night slot it occupied last year. Film Independent, the group that administers the awards, had made the switch to Friday night ? which saw the awards held in a cavernous space on the event deck at L.A. Live ? to breathe new life into the event.
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March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Mark Olsen
The period drama "12 Years A Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes, including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. It won in all but two categories in which it was nominated. "I cannot tell you, as much as I thought the memoir and Solomon's words and work was special, I had no concept until I saw the movie for the first time," said the film's screenwriter, John Ridley, accepting the prize in that category as he referred to protagonist Solomon Northup.
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November 27, 2012 | By Susan King
Two offbeat comedies dominated the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award nominations Tuesday morning. David O. Russell's quirky "Silver Linings Playbook," starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and Wes Anderson's charming coming-of-age comedy "Moonrise Kingdom," each earned five Spirit Award nominations, including best feature, director and screenplay. It was the second nod of support this week for "Moonrise Kingdom," which was named best film Monday evening at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York.
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December 11, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
This year, raunchy comedian Seth Rogen took aim at everyone from Mel Gibson to Chris Brown as the host of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Next year, one of Rogen's buddies will try his hand at the gig: Andy Samberg. The "Saturday Night Live" veteran turned film star will help hand out prizes to the best in the indie film world at the 28th annual telecast in February. Samberg, 34, is no stranger to being an emcee, having served as the host of the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. This year, the actor co-starred in the big-budget Adam Sander flop "That's My Boy" and lent his voice to one of the animated characters in "Hotel Transylvania.
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November 27, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
David O. Russell's screwball comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" and Wes Anderson's coming-of-age romance "Moonrise Kingdom" led the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards with five nominations apiece, including feature, director and screenplay.  The bounty for Anderson's acclaimed "Moonrise" comes half a day after the film won best feature honors at Monday's Gotham Awards, boosting the movie's end-of-the-year profile and maybe providing an impetus for...
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November 25, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
This year's Oscar best picture race continues to be defined as a clash between fall festival favorites "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity. " "Gravity" has made headlines in recent weeks for its eye-popping box-office numbers with receipts now exceeding $575 million worldwide. But on Tuesday, it will be "12 Years'" turn to stand in the spotlight when Film Independent announces its list of nominations for its annual Spirit Awards. It's a safe bet that the acclaimed historical drama will steamroll through the Spirits, securing nominations for film, director Steve McQueen, actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o and writer John Ridley.
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March 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As the final stop on the awards-show circuit before the Oscars, the Film Independent Spirit Awards serve as both a warm-up for the main event and a chance for some smaller non-Oscar-contenders to step into the spotlight for a moment. The race for best feature, the Spirit Awards' top honor, includes two Oscar nominees for best picture: the historical drama "12 Years a Slave" and the father-son road movie "Nebraska. " The other three candidates are "All Is Lost," about a sailor stranded in a damaged boat; "Frances Ha," about an aspiring dancer; and "Inside Llewyn Davis," about a down-on-his-luck folk singer.
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March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Mark Olsen
The period drama "12 Years a Slave" swept through the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, taking five prizes including feature, director, supporting female, screenplay and cinematography. It won in all but two categories in which it was nominated. "I cannot tell you, as much as I thought the memoir and Solomon's words and work was special, I had no concept until I saw the movie for the first time," said the film's screenwriter, John Ridley, accepting the prize in that category as he referred to protagonist Solomon Northup.
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February 21, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
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February 20, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Patton Oswalt 's wings have been clipped. A week after the actor, comedian and Spirit Awards host declared his intention to replace the ceremony's usual avian-themed trophies with live birds, show organizer Film Independent announced that those plans have been grounded.   The birds "refused to cooperate," Film Independent said in a statement, which was accompanied by a humorous video professing to show Oswalt rehearsing with a dove. The tongue-in-cheek spot implies that the feathered prizes weren't getting along, with the dove being eaten by a majestic eagle.
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February 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Some people think award shows are for the birds; now Patton Oswalt is making sure of it. Days after the actor, comedian and host of this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards announced his intention  to hand out live birds instead of the usual winged statuettes at the ceremony, Oswalt spoke to reporters on a conference call about his plans for the show, though he remained coy about his proposed avian stunt. Oswalt said he wasn't yet sure what kinds of birds he will bestow upon winners, though he did specify they will be adult specimens, not babies, and will be "cage-free.
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February 13, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
With its informal setting and freewheeling vibe, the Spirit Awards is known for presenters who wing it and winners who ruffle feathers. This year, maybe literally. Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, the anointed host of this year's Film Independent extravaganza, has an unorthodox idea for livening up the ceremony: Put some live birds in the mix. On Wednesday, the "Ratatouille" and "Young Adult" star announced that he intends to replace the usual avian-themed trophies with a live bird for each award winner at the March 1 event, a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.
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January 11, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
It might be a little early in the year to hear the phrase “…and the winners are…” But those words rung throughout BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood on Saturday -- a happy day for a handful of fimmakers. Film Independent, which produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, held a brunch at which it announced the three winners of its Spirit Awards filmmaker grants. For “creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films” amid challenging circumstances with limited resources, Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston received a $25,000 unrestricted grant for the Piaget Producers Award.
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December 1, 2010 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
In the span of less than a day, independent film cognoscenti on both coasts have declared the teeny drama "Winter's Bone" a top film of the year. The bleak tale set in the Ozark Mountains grabbed seven nominations Tuesday for the Spirit Awards including best feature, just hours after taking home the best-film crown Monday night at the Gotham Awards in New York. But can the underdog turn those indie kudos into Oscar gold? Last year at this time, the Gotham Awards named "The Hurt Locker" its top winner, the first time in the show's history that it tapped an eventual Oscar best picture.
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November 14, 2007 | SUSAN KING
As part of a company-wide greening initiative, Film Independent is implementing several changes to produce an eco-friendly award show for the 2008 Spirit Awards, which take place Feb. 23 in Santa Monica. To eliminate paper and waste energy, for example, Film Independent has partnered with the independent film discover and distribution company B-Side to offer online streaming of nominated films. The green directive will also affect the food served and the power source used to cook the meals.
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November 27, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It's not only actors and filmmakers who get excited about something like the Spirit Awards nominations announcement. One could argue that such things are actually more meaningful (and closely watched) by executives and producers. The nominations unveiled Tuesday split up well between films that are definitely in the hunt for larger awards and those that may be happy with any recognition at all, with seven nominations for “12 Years a Slave,” six for “Nebraska," four for “All Is Lost,” and three each for “Blue Jasmine,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Fruitvale Station” and “Short Term 12.” Depending on whom you ask, the nominations either solidify who is competing for what in the ongoing awards picture - “Enough Said,” for example, was distilled to supporting actor and screenplay, “Dallas Buyers Club” strictly a competitor in the male acting categories - or remain their own self-contained system.
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November 26, 2013 | By Susan King
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," the acclaimed, unflinching look at the brutality of slavery in America, earned the most nominations Tuesday for the 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film received seven nominations, including best picture, director, lead actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, supporting actor for Michael Fassbender and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o. Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" followed with six nominations, including film, director, lead actor for Bruce Dern, supporting actor for Will Forte and supporting actress for June Squibb.
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