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Independent Spirit Awards 2014: The winners list

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out on the beach in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday, and 12 Years a Slave emerged the big winner, taking home five awards, including the top prize of Best Feature.

Dallas Buyers Club dominated the acting categories, with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both winning, while Cate Blanchett continued her apparent path to the Best Actress Oscar, collecting yet another prize for Blue Jasmine.

Read below for all the winners, and watch the show at 10 p.m ET on IFC: READ FULL STORY

Indie Spirit Awards 2014: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon among presenters -- EXCLUSIVE

The day before the Oscars, smaller films are honored during the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, and EW has exclusively learned the first round of this year’s presenters.

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Rosario Dawson, Angela Bassett, and Andy Samberg will all present at the 29th annual ceremony, which takes place Saturday, March 1. Hosted by actor/comedian Patton Oswalt, the daytime luncheon will broadcast later that evening at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.

12 Years a Slave leads all films with seven nominationsNebraska is right behind with six. Both films are in the running for Best Feature, alongside All Is LostFrances Ha, and Inside Llewyn Davis. McConaughey is also nominated for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Other nominees include Oscar front-runners Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, and Lupita Nyong’o.

Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made without a big Hollywood budget by filmmakers who embody independence and originality.

Independent Spirit Awards: '12 Years a Slave' and 'Nebraska' lead nominations

12 Years a Slave may have the most nominations, but Nebraska will probably benefit the most from its Independent Spirit Awards recognition — which give a much needed boost to low-budget movies competing for Oscar attention.

The epic slavery drama collected a leading seven nominations, while Nebraska was right behind it with six. Both films are in the running for Best  Feature, alongside All Is Lost, Frances Ha, and Inside Llewyn Davis. READ FULL STORY

Patton Oswalt to host 2014 Independent Spirit Awards

Actor/comedian/Twitter enthusiast Patton Oswalt will host the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards. According to a press release from Film Independent, the 29th annual awards ceremony will take place on the Santa Monica beach Saturday, March 1, to air later that night on IFC. The Spirit Awards honor the best in the year’s American independent cinema, bestowing traditional awards such as Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay, as well as special awards like the John Cassevetes Award for the best feature film made under $500,000.

Ever the consummate self-deprecating comedian, Oswalt confirmed his hosting duties, tweeting:
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'Silver Linings Playbook' wins big at Independent Spirit Awards

The weekend’s other big movie awards ceremony—the Independent Spirit Awards—was held this afternoon in Santa Monica, Calif., with Andy Samberg on board as host. The big winner was David O. Russell’s romantic dramedy Silver Linings Playbook, which took home four prizes: best feature, best director, best actress, and best screenplay. But there was plenty of love spread around the year’s top indies. Here’s the full list of winners: READ FULL STORY

Andy Samberg on hosting the Spirit Awards and what's up his (ripped-off) sleeve

With the Film Independent Spirit Awards looming on Saturday, Feb. 23 (IFC, 10 p.m), Andy Samberg has been rigorously preparing to shine as the host. Make that rise and shine. “It’s actually filmed at 1:30 in the afternoon, so I’m slowly trying to change my sleep schedule,” says the SNL vet and star of Celeste and Jesse Forever. “Every standup worth his salt will tell you that the best comedy happens at 1:30 p.m., so I’m looking forward to that. Other than that, just trying to eat right, do a lot of crunches and yoga, and get my body and mind right and in tune with one another so I can come out and really dominate the stage, which I’m told is very shallow.”

Keep reading to see what else Samberg told EW about emceeing the indie Oscars. READ FULL STORY

Jason Bateman, Salma Hayek, Rashida Jones among presenters at Indie Spirit Awards -- EXCLUSIVE

Wondering who will wind up on stage at the Indie Oscars? This much we know: Jason Bateman, Salma Hayek, Common (LUV), and New Girl star Jake Johnson (Safety Not Guaranteed) will be among the presenters at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, EW has learned. Two cast members from Parks and Recreation, Rashida Jones (Celeste and Jesse Forever) and Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed), also will log some podium time at the Santa Monica-based ceremony.

The awards show, which airs Feb. 23 (IFC, 10 p.m.), will be hosted by SNL alum Andy Samberg, who stars with Jones in Celeste and Jesse Forever. Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead all films with five nominations each.

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Rashida Jones talks ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Rashida Jones talks 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Warning: Celeste and Jesse Forever may make you cry.

The quirky romantic comedy starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg is about two best friends falling out of love with each other and getting divorced, while still trying to remain good friends. “We wanted to show a realistic portrayal about what it’s like to go through a breakup,” said Jones, who in addition to starring in the film co-wrote the script with friend Will McCormack. “And yeah, it’s totally sad. But it’s also weirdly funny.”

Jones discussed with EW her love of classic romantic comedies such as Annie Hall and Broadcast News and how she enjoys that rom-coms can explore the relationship questions of the day, such as when When Harry Met Sally asked if women and men can be “just” friends.

“[I] wanted to see if we could explore a new notion which was, ‘Can you actually go right into being friends with your ex?’” Jones explained. “I feel like I know so many couples who they meet and fall in love right after college and they have that first big adult love. But then they change, and their lives change, and they want their relationships to effect that change and the relationship doesn’t make sense any more. You don’t want to lose them, so what do you do with that relationship? Can you manage to find a way to have them in your life?” READ FULL STORY

Spirit Awards reaction: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Benh Zeitlin, David O. Russell, more weigh in

The nominations for the 28th Independent Spirit Awards were announced this morning in Hollywood. We checked in with Jack Black (Bernie), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook),  Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), and more for their reactions. Check out what the stars had to say below and read our full analysis of what the nominations mean for awards season here.

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'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'Silver Linings Playbook' lead Indie Spirit noms

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Runaway kids and a guy with a runaway temper led the Independent Spirit Award nominations with Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook collecting five bids each, including best picture.

Their rivals in the best picture race are Bernie, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Keep the Lights On.

With big-screen behemoths like Lincoln, Argo, and Les Miserables dominating Oscar talk, Film Independent’s awards  — chosen by filmmakers, actors, critics, and festival programers — cast the spotlight on some smaller films that are nonetheless worthy of consideration this award season.

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