"Winter's Bone" seeks indie film honors

Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:50pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Winter's Bone," the grim saga of a 17-year-old girl searching for her father in drug-ravaged middle America, could find plenty of acclaim on Saturday at the art-house world's version of the Oscars.

The drama goes into the 26th annual Spirit Awards with seven nominations, leading a field that includes several films with which it will compete at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

The lesbian family comedy "The Kids Are All Right," the ballerina melodrama "Black Swan," and the mountain misadventure "127 Hours" also have multiple bids at both events.

Each year, a handful of Spirit winners usually goes on to earn Oscars thanks in part to the success of low-budget films in the mainstream arena. But the awards ceremonies otherwise could not be more different.

The Oscars take place at a theater in a Hollywood shopping mall. Black tie is obligatory, and everyone is supposed to be on best behavior at an event oozing with seriousness.

The Spirits, famed for their relaxed and boozy atmosphere, are returning to their traditional locale on Santa Monica Beach after an ill-fated switch to a downtown Los Angeles parking building last year.

The stars dress casually, and deliver alcohol-fueled acceptance speeches inside a big marquee. But a cold snap could dampen spirits a little. The two-hour event begins at 2 p.m. PST.


The Spirit Awards honor low-budget American films based on such criteria as original, provocative subject matter and the degree of independent financing.   Continued...

<p>Director of "Winter's Bone" Debra Granik (2nd L) poses with cast members John Hawkes (L), Lauren Sweetser (2nd R) and Dale Dickey at the 20th anniversary of the Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York November 29, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>