‘The Artist’, Michelle Williams & More: Independent Spirit Awards 2012 Winners

2002 Indie Spirit Awards
A look at the ceremony ten years ago.
Jean At The DGA's
Jean Dujardin at the 2012 Directors Guild Awards.
Everybody loves to be a winner! But the fact of the matter is, when it comes to award shows, only a handful get to be. Lucky for us, this years winner’s at the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards are a fabulous bunch. Critic and fan favorite The Artist took home a bunch of prizes for Best Feature, Best Director for Michael Hazanavicius, Best Male Lead for Jean Dujardin and Best Cinematography. The Artist has really been sweeping everything. And you know what? I am totally OK with that. 

Michelle Williams finally landed herself an award for Best Female Lead for My Week With Marilyn on her fifth nomination. Bet she was excited about that. Captain Von Trapp also took home a prize as Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Male for his work in The Beginners. Also, let’s all take a deep breath before we read the following, ready and: the girl from Secret Life of the American Teenager won a Spirit Award. Yes, it’s true. Shailene Woodley won Best Supporting Female for The Descendants. To be fair, she was quite good in it, but still. She was on Secret Life of the American Teenager

The Independent Spirit Awards are known for being much more laid back, calm, cool & collected than the Oscars, and that was definitely the energy shining in the room. Michelle Williams probably said it best during her acceptance speech about her first outing at the Spirit Awards:

“I wore my own clothes back then, which were not very good, and I cut my own hair, which also was not very good. I still remember the feeling that in this room, unlike others, that that was OK. Possibly even preferred. And what I thought then and I still feel now is that it’s because this room was a room full of misfits, outcasts, loners, dreamers, mumblers, delinquents, dropouts. Just like me.”

Although, I’ll be honest, Christopher Plummer had my favorite quote of the night with, “It’s taken me the longest time to realize the Spirit Awards have nothing to do with booze.” Host Seth Rogen was pretty funny, noting in his opening monologue that winning a Spirit Awards “will get you absolutely nothing. It won’t even raise your price, because it proves that you’ll work for nothing.” Sad, but true. 

Check out the full list of winners after the jump. Personally, I’m super stoked The Artist won. Silent films are back, baby! Well, maybe. Let us know your favorite winners, or losers, in the comments!

BEST FEATURE: “The Artist”
BEST DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
BEST MALE LEAD: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
BEST FEMALE LEAD: Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
BEST SUPPORTING MALE: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE: Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Feature Under $500,000): “Pariah”
BEST SCREENPLAY: “The Descendants”
BEST DOCUMENTARY: “The Interrupters”