The Independent Spirit Awards held their annual ceremony on Feb. 23, the night before the Oscars, and the big winners were people who also head into the Oscars as hopefuls. While not a typical independent movie, “Silver Linings Playbook” walked away with the most awards, winning four of the biggies. While some may discount its inclusion as an indie, the fact it was nominated made it a favorite in most categories. Here is a look at the winners from the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.
“Silver Linings Playbook”
David O. Russell won the award for Best Director and his movie won the Best Feature award. In his acceptance speech, Russell said the last time he was there, his son was only one-years-old. Now, he is there accepting an award for a movie that he made in honor of his son. The movie stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as two people suffering from emotionally based mental illness who find each other, helping the healing begin. Cooper’s character’s condition is based on Russell’s son.
While Cooper did not win the award for Best Actor, Jennifer Lawrence did take home the award for Best Actress, one of many awards she has won this season for her performance here. Russell also took home the award for Best Screenplay.
The reason that Cooper did not win the Best Actor award was because the Independent Spirit Awards honored John Hawkes for his performance in “The Sessions.” This movie tells the story of a man with an iron lung who wants to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapist and priest, he hires a sex surrogate to help him. This is Hawkes’ second win at these awards, also winning for “Winter’s Bone” two years ago, while earning a nomination last year for “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”
Also taking home an award this year was Helen Hunt for her role as the sex surrogate.
The Best of the Rest
In one of the more surprising wins, Matthew McConaughey won for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the male stripper movie, “Magic Mike.” McConaughey cracked jokes his entire acceptance speech and made note that he had to drop his pants to pick up an award. One of the heavy favorites coming in was “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” but the movie only took home one award for Best Cinematography.
Two more great wins went to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” for Best First Feature and Derek Connolly for Best First Screenplay for “Safety Not Guaranteed.” Other winners included “The Invisible War” for Best Documentary, “Amour” for Best Foreign Film, “Middle of Nowhere” for Best Feature under $500,000, and “Starlet” won the Robert Altman award.