Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Other Red Carpet

While the lion's share of award attention this weekend goes to the Oscars, one of the more interesting awards shows took place tonight inside a beachfront tent in Santa Monica. Currently in its 26th year, the Independent Spirit Awards honors the top achievements in indie film -- Best Feature, Actor, Actress, Screenplay etc. and often does not follow the trends of the other awards which makes it immensely more interesting.

The winners tonight included:

Best Feature: Black Swan
    Best Director: Darren Arronofsky, Black Swan
Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Male Lead: James Franco, 127 Hours
Best Foreign Film: The King's Speech
Best Screenplay: The Kids Are Alright

Sponsored by Elle Magazine, Piaget and and the Independent Film Channel (along with a host of others), the vibe is much more low key and relaxed as seen by the red carpet arrivals.

Nicole Kidman

Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt

The Fighter's Melissa Leo
 Amanda Peet (right)

Private Practice's Kate Walsh

Jennifer Lawrence

Indie favorite Terrence Howard

Photo Credits: IFC