The Independent Spirit Awards were held Saturday in Santa Monica -- a precursor to the Oscars, but not always a good barometer of who will win Sunday night.
As their name implies, the Indie Awards are focused on "artist-driven filmmaking" and "independent thinkers."
Still, The Artist was the big winner yesterday - taking the prize for Best Feature and Best Actor, for Jean Dujardin. The film has led all the awards events so far, so we imagine Harvey Weinstein and Dujardin are preparing for a win tonight!
Michelle Williams picked up the other big award yesterday, for Best Female Lead in My Week With Marilyn.
The awards were hosted by Seth Rogan, who recently picked up a significant award himself -- the actor was named Stone of the Year by High Times magazine ... congrats, Seth!
Here's a full list of the other winners:
Best Feature – The Artist
Best Male Lead – Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Female Lead – Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Best Supporting Male – Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Female – Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Best First Feature – J.C. Chandor (director) - Margin Call
Best Screenplay – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants
Best First Screenplay – Will Reiser, 50/50
Best Cinematography – Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist
Best Documentary – Steve James (director) – The Interrupters
Best International Film – A Separation (Iran)
Piaget Producers Award – Take Shelter
Robert Altman Award – Margin Call
John Cassavetes Award – Dee Rees (director), Nekisa Cooper (producer) – Pariah
Audi Someone to Watch Award – Mark Jackson (director), Without
Nokia Truer Than Fiction Award – Heather Courtney (director), Where Soldiers Come From