With "The Descendants" and "Midnight in Paris" drawing WGA wins, awards season has entered the final stretch, with the Independent Spirit Awards this Saturday and the Oscars on Sunday.
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Seth Rogen has been tapped as host of the Independent Spirit Awards, to be held Feb. 25 on the day before the Oscars.
Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" and Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" have topped the Spirit nominations with five each.
A road trip through Iran's vast rural spaces achieves an unlikely claustrophobia in wry black comedy "Mourning," young helmer Morteza Farshbaf's debut feature.
"Black Swan" showed plenty of heat at a chilly Spirit Awards, dominating Saturday's freewheeling ceremonies by winning best picture, actress for Natalie Portman and director for Darren Aronofsky.
Last year, Kathryn Bigelow changed history by becoming the first woman to win the Academy Award for directing. But at the Spirit Awards, such women-centric laurels are business as usual.
The outlook is getting sunnier for "Winter's Bone," as the bleak drama scored seven Spirit Award nominations on the heels of winning the top trophies at the Gotham Awards.
The Spirit Awards are moving back to Saturday, setting Feb. 26 as the date, after a one-time shift to Friday night ceremonies.
"Hamlet 2" thesp Steve Coogan will host the 2009 Spirit Awards. The Brit comedian follows the standup acts of previous hosts including Rainn Wilson and Sarah Silverman.
"Ballast," "Rachel Getting Married" and "Frozen River" tie with three noms each at this year's Spirit Awards.
"Ballast," "Frozen River" and "Rachel Getting Married" led the field with a three-way tie of six nominations each at the Film Independent's 24th Annual Spirit Award kudos.• View the full list of…