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Ave DuVernay, writer/director/producer of 'Middle of Nowhere' accepting the John Cassavettes Award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards
Ave DuVernay, writer/director/producer of ‘Middle of Nowhere’ accepting the John Cassavettes Award at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards

Saturday before the Oscar broadcast takes the spotlight away from Hollywood Boulevard temporarily and moves it West to Santa Monica beach for the Independent Spirit Awards.  Silver Linings Playbook grabbed four awards including Best Director and Best Screenplay for writer/director David O. Russell. Not surprisingly, The Sessions won two awards for acting.  Here is a list of the winners in the major categories:

Best Feature – Silver Linings Playbook (Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon – producers)

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in a scene from 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in a scene from ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

Best Director – David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

Best Screenplay – David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

Logan Lerman in 'Perks of Being a Wallflower'
Logan Lerman in ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’

Best First Feature – The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky – director, Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich and Russell Smith – producers)

Best First Screenplay – Derek Connolly for Safety Not Guaranteed


John Cassavettes Award – Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay – writer/producer/director, Howard Barish and Paul Garnes – producers)

Best Female Lead – Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in 'The Sessions'
Helen Hunt and John Hawkes in ‘The Sessions’

Best Male Lead – John Hawkes for The Sessions

Best Supporting Female Lead – Helen Hunt for The Sessions

Best Supporting Male Lead – Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike

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