"Silver Linings" wins four honors at indie film awards

Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:26pm EST
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

SANTA MONICA, California (Reuters) - Quirky comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" dominated the Independent Spirit Awards on the eve of Hollywood's Academy Awards ceremony, winning four prizes including for Best Feature.

Jennifer Lawrence, 22, who plays a feisty young widow in "Silver Linings Playbook," was named best actress and David O. Russell picked up the best directing honor on Saturday.

Lawrence and Russell are also in the running for Oscars on Sunday, where "Silver Linings Playbook" is nominated for Best Picture.

"When you make a film from the heart, there is no such thing as genre. They are just real people, and if it's funny in or of itself, that's what happens and that's what my whole cast taught me," Russell said in accepting his award.

Austrian drama "Amour," about an elderly couple coping with the effects of the wife's debilitating stroke, won the Best Foreign Film award on Saturday, strengthening its march toward expected Oscar success on Sunday.

The Independent Spirit Awards are handed out by the Los Angeles-based non-profit group Film Independent and are widely considered the top honors for low-budget and art house movies in the United States.

The ceremony, held in a tent on California's Santa Monica beach, are a more laid-back affair than the formal and glitzy Academy Awards ceremony. Bruce Willis, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Renner, Daniel Radcliffe, Amy Poehler and other celebrities were treated to a casual lunch.

The awards for "Silver Linings Playbook" largely shut out rival fantasy movie "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which won one award for cinematography but lost in three other categories.   Continued...

 
Director David O. Russell celebrates in the photo room after his film "Silver Linings Playbook" won four awards at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California February 23, 2013. REUTERS/Phil McCarten