By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

2012 Independent Spirit Awards

BEST FEATURE Silver Linings Playbook

BEST DIRECTOR David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST SCREENPLAY Silver Linings Playbook

BEST FIRST FEATURE The Perks of Being a Wallflower

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Safety Not Guaranteed

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Best feature made for under $500,000) Middle of Nowhere

BEST FEMALE LEAD Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST MALE LEAD John Hawkes, The Sessions

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE Helen Hunt, The Sessions

BEST SUPPORTING MALE Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Beasts of the Southern Wild

BEST DOCUMENTARY The Invisible War

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM Amour

16th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD ($25,000) Mynette Louie

19th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD ($25,000) Adam Leon, Gimme the Loot

STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD ($25,000) Peter Nicks, The Waiting Room

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Director, casting director, ensemble cast) Starlet
Director Sean Baker
Casting Director Julia Kim
Cast Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone

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~ James Gunn

“BATTLE OF THE SEXES: Politics and queerness as spectacle/spectacle as politics and queerness. Pretty delightful, lovely, erotic. A-

“Not since EASY A and CABARET have I seen Emma Stone give a real sense of her range. Here, she has pathos and interiority and desire. I love the cinematography and the ways in which the images of the tennis icons are refracted and manipulated via various surfaces/mediators. Also, wild how a haircut is one of the most erotic scenes in cinema this year. Spine tinglingly tactile that feels refreshing. Proof that *cough* you don’t need to be ~graphic/explicit~ to be erotic *cough*. Also, it made me want to get into tennis. Watching it, at least.

“There are interesting touches and intimations as to the cinematic nature of sports, & unpacking the formal approach of broadcasting sports.Also, I was here for Sarah Silverman smoking. And also, hi Mickey Sumner!! It’s a really interesting film about the ways in which public spectacle is never apolitical, and how spectacle is prone to assignation.

“There’s this one other scene from BATTLE OF THE SEXES that I love, and it’s the one in the bar. You see Billie looking after Marilyn as she dances. Through a crowd. There’s a paradoxical closeness and distance between them. In the purple light, and the kitschy decor, everything is distorted. But Billie catches a glance and you can feel the nervous swell inside.”
~ Kyle Turner