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Spirit Awards 24/02/07

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Best Feature  - Little Miss Sunshine

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producers:
Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa

Best Director  - Jonathon Dayton & Valerie Faris

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Little Miss Sunshine

Best Screenplay - Jason Reitman 

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Thank You For Smoking

Best First Feature - Sweet Land

No Distributor
Director:  Ali Selim
Producers:  Alan Cumming, James Bigham, Ali Selim

Best First Screenplay - Michael Arndt 

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Little Miss Sunshine

John Cassavetes Award  (For the Best Feature made for under $500,000)
Quinceañera

Sony Pictures Classics
Writer/Directors:
Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland
Producer: Anne Clements

Best Supporting Female - Frances McDormand

Sony Pictures Classics
Friends with Money

Best Supporting Male - Alan Arkin

Fox Searchlight Pictures
Little Miss Sunshine

Best Female Lead - Shareeka Epps

THINKFilm
Half Nelson

Best Male Lead - Ryan Gosling

THINKFilm
Half Nelson

Best Cinematography - Guillermo Navarro

Picturehouse
Pans Labyrinth

Best Foreign Film - The Lives of Others

Sony Pictures Classics Director:
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Best Documentary - The Road to Guantanamo

Roadside Attractions Directors:
Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross

This years nominees for Best Feature were American Gun, The Dead Girl, Half Nelson, Little Miss Sunshine, and Pans Labyrinth.

Best First Feature nominees were Day Night Day Night, Man Push Cart, The Motel, Sweet Land, and Wristcutters: A Love Story.

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"LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE"
PULLS UP TO TAKE THE CROWN AT
2007 FILM INDEPENDENTS SPIRIT AWARDS


LOS ANGELES, CA  (February 24, 2007)

The hit independent film Little Miss Sunshine won the top prize for Best Feature at the 2007 Film Independents Spirit Awards.  The winner for Best First Feature went to Sweet Land, which marks the first time in the history of the Spirit Awards that a film without a distributor has won this prize.  (Note:  Through a unique partnership with the online movie rental service Netflix, Film Independent members are provided access to participating Spirit Award-nominated films.)

The 2007 Film Independents Spirit Awards were held Saturday, February 24, in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.  The Spirit Awards is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody independence and who dare to challenge the status quo.  This annual event, which began as a small grassroots program, has grown into one of the most anticipated events of the film year.

This years major category winners were Fox Searchlight Pictures Little Miss Sunshine, which won Best Feature, Best Directors (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris), Best Supporting Male (Alan Arkin), and Best First Screenplay (Michael Arndt), and Thank You For Smoking for Best Screenplay(Jason Reitman); ThinkFilms Half Nelson, which won Best Male Lead (Ryan Gosling), and Best Female Lead (Shareeka Epps); Sony Pictures Classics Quinceanera which won the John Cassavetes Award, and Friends With Money which won Best Supporting Female (Frances McDormand).

Howard Gertler and Tim Perell, producers of Shortbus and Pizza, received the tenth annual Axium Producers Award, which honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films.  The winner of the Producers Award receives an unrestricted grant of $50,000 funded by Axium International.

Julia Loktev,director of Day Night Day Night, won the thirteenth annual IFC/Acura Someone To Watch Award, a $50,000 unrestricted grant created to honor a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition.  The award is funded by IFC and Acura.

Adele Horne, director of The Tailenders, won the eleventh annual Axium Truer Than Fiction Award, presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant attention.  The award is accompanied by a $50,000 unrestricted grant funded by Axium International.

David Lynch and Laura Dern received a Special Distinction Award for their collaborative work.  The late director Robert Altman received an Honorary Spirit Award for his lifelong commitment to independent filmmaking.

As previously announced, a new Spirit Award The Robert Altman Award was created in the directors name, to be given out for the first time at the 2008 Spirit Awards to one films director and ensemble cast.

This year's ceremony is sponsored by Premier Sponsors IFC, Netflix, Axium International, ELLE; and by Principal Sponsors Acura, and Pop Secret.  On 3 Productions produced the Official 2007 Spirit Awards General Attendee Gift Bag and Presenter Gift Lounge.  Casa Del Mar, Sheraton Delfina, Shutters on the Beach, and Viceroy, are the Official Host Hotels; and WireImage is the Official Photographer of the Film Independent Spirit Awards.  American Airlines is the Official Airline Partner of Film Independent.

The ceremony aired live on IFC (Independent Film Channel), beginning at 2:00 pm PST, and was preceded by an exclusive half-hour red carpet show on WE: Womens Entertainment at 1:30 pm PST.  An edited re-broadcast will air later this evening on AMC at 10:00 pm EST/PST.

Actor/Comedian Sarah Silverman served as Master of Ceremonies.  Maggie Gyllenhaal and Terrence Howard served as Honorary Co-Chairs.  Music was by The Crystal Method.  Diana Zahn-Storey produced the 2007 Film Independents Spirit Awards for the thirteenth year.

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Beachside Spirit Awards Hail Sunshine

The Spirit Awards, which honor films that cost less than $20 million and are primarily financed outside the studio system, are supposed to be too cool for star worship. But when the new James Bond (Daniel Craig) appeared in the tent, nominated for his performance in Infamous a movie few people saw and even fewer recognized a collective inhale of breath was audible.

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But when the new James Bond (Daniel Craig) appeared in the tent, nominated for his performance in Infamous a movie few people saw and even fewer recognized a collective inhale of breath was audible.

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Daniel Craig talks about the need to work on independent films

At the Spirit Awards in support of Infamous, Daniel Craig chatted briefly about that film while on the 'blue' carpet set up on a beach in Santa Monica to About.com

Why is it important for you to continue to do independent films in addition to big feature films like Casino Royale?
I mean, for me its crucially important.

Its kind of like its where you get Independent movies are what shore up the film industry. Its where people get their experience as well. Its what Ive done; its what Ive been doing for all of my career. Its where I learned my trade."

Why are the Spirit Awards so important?
Its good to have a celebration day. I mean, it really is. Its important because everybody works so hard and usually for very little money, so its good to have a day where we kind of recognize it.

Does being Bond help sell Infamous?
I dont know. I hope so (laughing).

What did it mean to be nominated for Best Supporting Male?
It means a tremendous amount to me. Im very proud of the movie we did and hopefully we can share it about a bit with everybody who was involved in it.

Whats the most rewarding thing about being involved in an independent film rather than a big action movie?
I dont know. I like working so I dont really make that comparison. You do have more freedom in movies like that because there are less constraints. You can tackle difficult subjects and that, I think, is important.

What did you think about the fact two Truman Capote films were made at around the same time?
"We made, I think, a very beautiful movie. We made them at the same time and they both turned out. [This award recognition] is very important for everybody involved."

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Does being Bond help sell Infamous?
I dont know. I hope so (laughing).

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Interview with Daniel Craig from "Infamous"

At the 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards
Daniel Craig, the new Bond, James Bond, cut his acting teeth in the independent film world and is proud of the work he's done in that arena. Casino Royale may have catapulted him into a whole new stratosphere of recognition and fame, but it was his role in the second Truman Capote film, Infamous, that garnered him a 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards nomination for Best Supporting Male.

At the Spirit Awards in support of Infamous, Daniel Craig chatted briefly about that film while on the 'blue' carpet set up on a beach in Santa Monica.

Why is it important for you to continue to do independent films in addition to big feature films like Casino Royale?
I mean, for me its crucially important.

Its kind of like its where you get Independent movies are what shore up the film industry. Its where people get their experience as well. Its what Ive done; its what Ive been doing for all of my career. Its where I learned my trade."
Why are the Spirit Awards so important?
Its good to have a celebration day. I mean, it really is. Its important because everybody works so hard and usually for very little money, so its good to have a day where we kind of recognize it.

Does being Bond help sell Infamous?
I dont know. I hope so (laughing).

What did it mean to be nominated for Best Supporting Male?
It means a tremendous amount to me. Im very proud of the movie we did and hopefully we can share it about a bit with everybody who was involved in it.

Whats the most rewarding thing about being involved in an independent film rather than a big action movie?
I dont know. I like working so I dont really make that comparison. You do have more freedom in movies like that because there are less constraints. You can tackle difficult subjects and that, I think, is important.

What did you think about the fact two Truman Capote films were made at around the same time?
"We made, I think, a very beautiful movie. We made them at the same time and they both turned out. [This award recognition] is very important for everybody involved."

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