The Artist takes the crown—again!
The 27th annual Independent Sprirt Awards were dealt out by host Seth Rogen in Santa Monica on Saturday, granting the silent film and Oscar favorite The Artist the Best Feature nod and three other trophies.
The flick earned the Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, Best Cinematographer for Guillaume Schiffman and Best Lead Actor award for Jean Dujardin, with Dujardin beating out Demian Bechir (A Better Life), Woody Harrelson (Rampart), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter) and even hottie Ryan Gosling (Drive).
Michelle Williams stole some spotlight as well, topping Lauren Ambrose (Think of Me), Rachael Harris (Natural Selection), Adepero Oduye (Pariah) and newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) by nabbing the best actress award for her take on Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.
As for supporting actor and actress, Christopher Plummer scored a new one for the shelf, winning for Beginners and Shailene Woodley won for her role alongside George Clooney in The Descendants. Shailene accepted her win by observing, "those four months shaped my young adult life." Congrats to all!
The telecast of the awards, hosted by funnyman Rogen, airs tonight at 10:00 pm ET/PT on IFC.
Here's a complete list of winners:
Best Feature: The Artist—Producer: Thomas Langmann
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius—The Artist
Best Male Lead: Jean Dujardin—The Artist
Best Female Lead: Michelle Williams—My Week with Marilyn
Best Supporting Male: Christopher Plummer—Beginners
Best Supporting Female: Shailene Woodley—The Descendants
Best First Feature: Margin Call—Director: J.C. Chandor
Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash—The Descendants
Best First Screenplay: Will Reiser—50/50
Best Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman—The Artist
Robert Altman Award: Margin Call
Best Documentary: The Interrupters—Director/Producer: Steve James; Producer: Alex Kotlowitz
Best Foreign Film: A Separation (Iran)—Director: Asghar Farhadi
John Cassavetes Award: Pariah—Writer/Director: Dee Rees; Producer: Nekisa Cooper
Audi Someone to Watch Award: Mark Jackson—Without
Truer Than Fiction Award: Heather Courtney—Where Soldiers Come From
Piaget Producers Award: Sophia Lin—Take Shelter