Ode to the eve of Oscars Sunday! Last night was certainly a celebratory night in Santa Monica, Calif. as Seth Rogen hosted the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards.
OK! GALLERY: MICHELLE WILLIAMS & KENNETH BRANAGH CELEBRATE IRISH ACTORS AT THE OSCAR WILDE PRE-OSCARS EVENT
The Artist earned four awards including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Lead for Jean Dujardin and Best Cinematography. Michelle Williams won a statue for Best Female Lead in My Week With Marilyn and up and comer Shailene Woodley won Best Supporting Female for The Descendants. Christopher Plummer also won Best Supporting Male for Beginners.
According to the New York Daily News, Michelle gave a heartfelt speech and recalled upon her fondness for low budget independent filmmakers from back in the day. "I wore my own clothes back then which were not very good, and I cut my own hair which was also not very good."
She added, "I still remember the feeling that in this room, unlike others, that that was OK. Possibly even preferred. And when I thought then and I still feel now is that it's because this room was a room full of misfits, outcasts, loners, dreamers, mumblers, delinquents, dropouts. Just like me."
Here is a complete list of the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Award winners:
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants
Best First Feature
Best Female Lead
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Best Male Lead
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Supporting Female
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Supporting Male
Christopher Plummer, The Beginners
Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist
Best International Film
A Separation (Iran)
Piaget Producers Awards
Sophia Lin, Take Shelter
Truer Than Fiction Award
Heather Courntey, Where Soldiers Come From