Awards

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Spirits and Waters

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Four-time Independent Spirit Awards host John Waters is an authority on going against the grain of mainstream moviemaking. But the helmer admits times have changed. "I have a great history with New…

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Going to the big top

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The tent at the beach is as big as it's going to get, but the thrill of getting into the Independent Spirit Awards only grows with each year. That's because the annual fete is first and foremost a…

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On the edge

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If independent spirit were the only criteria for an Independent Spirit Award," notes Quentin Tarantino, "then you would have to give the award to Peter Jackson for 'The Lord of the Rings.' He took…

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Producers Award

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Now in its seventh year, the Motorola Producers Award includes a $20,000 grant to a producer or producing team that, "despite highly limited resources, demonstrates the creativity, tenacity and…

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Cost prohibitive

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When Alexander Payne won an Independent Spirit Award for his Paramount Pictures release "Election," he reportedly told the crowd that indie film is "not about sources of financing; it's about spirit…

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Oscar girds for surprises

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If there are no surprises at the Oscars on Sunday, that will be the biggest surprise of all. Everyone will discover Sunday night if last year's bevy of shocks -- Roman Polanski, Eminem, etc. -- was a…

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