This news article was published on ToppicalTodd.com 2/24/2013
It was a big night for Silver Linings Playbook at the 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Award. Along with winning “Best Feature,” the film’s writer and director David O. Russell took home both “Best Director” and “Best Screenplay” awards. Jennifer Lawrence was also awarded for her performance with the “Best Female Lead” trophy. Lawrence beat out fellow Oscar nominee, Quevenzhane Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild.
The awards ceremony was held in Santa Monica Saturday night. Saturday Night Live alum Andy Sandberg hosted the show. Other actors in attendance included Amy Pohler, Bradley Cooper and Salma Hayek.
Playbook won the show’s top prize despite a crowded field of favorites that included Best Picture Oscar nominee Beasts of the Southern Wild, Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, Richard Linklater’s Bernie and the Ira Sachs drama Keep The Lights On.
This marks the second-straight “Best Feature” win for The Weinstein Company, with controversy over the wins coming in both years. Many argued that last year’s big winner, The Artist should have been relegated to the international category due to it’s french origins. Silver Linings Playbook had a budget of $21 million, placing it over the usual $20 million limit for submissions. The Spirit Awards Nominating Committee is allowed to make exceptions to this requirement.
The comedy, The Sessions also took home multiple awards with stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt winning the “Best Male Lead” and “Best Supporting Female” awards. Matthew McConaughey took home a trophy for his supporting turn as the male strip club emcee in Magic Mike.
Oscar-nominated films typically fare well at the Spirit Awards with The Artist, Black Swan and Precious winning in the past few years. However, very rarely do the Saturday winners carry over to Sunday.