Indie Spirit Awards honor '12 Years'


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The Oscars were the biggest awards show during the weekend but not the only one, by any means. Film Independent Spirit Awards, held in a tent at Santa Monica Beach, Calif., gave top honors to "12 Years a Slave" and singled out many of the same actors with Oscar momentum.

To qualify for the Indie Spirits, a film should have uniqueness of vision; an original, provocative subject matter; economy of means (made for up to $20 million); and percentage of financing from independent sources.

And the winners were:

Best feature: "12 Years a Slave."

Best director: Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave."

Best male lead: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club."

Best female lead: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine."

Best supporting male: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club."

Best supporting female: Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave."

Best documentary: "20 Feet From Stardom."

Best cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, "12 Years a Slave."

Best screenplay: John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave."

Best editing: Nat Sanders, "Short Term 12."

Best international film: "Blue Is the Warmest Color," France.

Best first feature: "Fruitvale Station," awarded to director Ryan Coogler, producers Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker.

Best first screenplay: Bob Nelson, "Nebraska."

Robert Altman Award: "Mud," given to director, casting director and ensemble cast.

Piaget Producers Award: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston.

John Cassavetes Award: "This Is Martin Bonner."

Someone to Watch Award: Shaka King, director of "Newlyweeds."

Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award: Jason Osder, director of "Let the Fire Burn."

On the flip side of coveted awards, "After Earth" stars Jaden and Will Smith were chosen as worst actor and supporting actor at Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards.

"After Earth" tied with "Movie 43" for most prizes with three. The raunchy comedy anthology earned Razzies for worst picture, screenplay and director.

Tyler Perry -- as feisty alter-ego Madea -- was picked as worst actress for "A Madea Christmas," while Kim Kardashian was designated worst supporting actress for her role in the drama "Tyler Perry's Temptation." Worst remake, rip-off or sequel went to "The Lone Ranger."

In Paris on Friday, the French handed out the Cesar Awards, their version of the Oscars.

Best film went to "Les Garcons et Guillaume, a table!" (which translates as "Boys and William, come to the table") by Guillaume Gallienne, who took five awards for the comedy including best actor and best first film. The comedy explores a young homosexual man's relationship with his mother.

Roman Polanski was named best director for "La Venus a la Fourrure" ("Venus in Furs"). Best foreign film went to "Alabama Monroe (The Broken Circle Breakdown)" by Belgian Felix Van Groeningen, beating out films such as "Gravity," "Blue Jasmine" and "Django Unchained."

Scarlett Johansson, who has been living in Paris, received an honorary Cesar for her life work.


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