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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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~ George Miller

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