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The Artist wins three top prizes at Indie Spirit Awards (2012)

The Artist

Story by Jack Foley

SILENT movie homage The Artist has completed another awards success, taking home three top prizes from the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The latest accolades came 24 hours after the film’s triumph at the French Cesars and a similar amount of time before it is expected to dominate the Oscars.

The movie was named best film, while Michel Hazanavicius took best director and Jean Dujardin was named best actor.

Hazanavicius had to be given a police escort to the Santa Monica ceremony after landing in LA fresh from his success at the Cesars.

Commenting on how he was coping with the cross-Atlantic promotion for the film, Hazanavicius said: “Physically it is tiring, but the energy is so good that you don’t really feel it. We are really excited and enjoying every moment.”

Although essentially a French-made film, The Artist qualified for inclusion in the Indie Spirit Awards because it was partly US-financed and also shot in Los Angeles.

Producer Thomas Langmann said: “This movie was made to be a tribute to Hollywood and to cinema and the best place to do it was to do it here. So, to come back and be rewarded by the Hollywood community is a dream come true.”

Other Oscar hopefuls to pick up awards at the ceremony included Christopher Plummer, who was named best supporting actor for his role as a gay man who comes out in his later years in Beginners and Michelle Williams, who was crowned best actress for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.

In her acceptance speech, Williams thanked the room “full of misfits, outcasts, loners, dreamers, mumblers delinquents, drop-outs… just like me”.

George Clooney’s The Descendants won two awards, for best supporting actress for Shailene Woodley (who plays the actors daughter in the film) and best screenplay.

While Wall Street drama Margin Call was recognised with two trophies for Best First Feature and the Robert Altman Award.

Iranian film A Separation took the best internetional film.

Winners at a glance:

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

Best First Feature
Margin Call

John Cassavetes Award (Feature Under $500,000)

Best Screenplay
The Descendants

Best First Screenplay

Best Cinematography
The Artist

Best Documentary
The Interrupters

Best Foreign Film
A Separation

Robert Altman Award
Margin Call

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