Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out the 2013 Spirit Awards today in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. And the winners are …

Best Feature: Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Screenplay: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Stephen Chbosky

Best First Feature: The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Writer/Director: Stephen Chbosky

Best First Screenplay: Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed

John Cassavetes Award AFFRM in partnership with Participant Media (For best feature made under $500,000): Middle of Nowhere, Writer/Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay, Producers: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes

Best Supporting Female: Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best Supporting Male: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

Best Female Lead: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Male Lead:John Hawkes, The Sessions

Robert Altman Award: Starlet, Director: Sean Baker, Casting Director: Julia Kim, Ensemble Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, and James Ransone

Best Cinematography: Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best International Film: Amour, Director: Michael Haneke (France)

Best Documentary: The Invisible War, Director: Kirby Dick

Special Distinction: Cinematographer Harris Savides

Tune in to IFC at 10pm Eastern/Pacific to watch the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by actor and writer Andy Samberg.



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