- Obama not worried about Ebola at upcoming African summit in D.C.
- Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’ after 9/11
- Obama administration asked whole D.C. Circuit to take on major Obamacare case
- Mark Levin: Topple GOP leadership or country will ‘unravel’
- Massachusetts to let police chief deny gun buys to those deemed unfit
- John Kerry condemns attack on Israeli soldiers, kidnapping
- U.S. starts to evacuate American Ebola patients from West Africa: Report
- Geraldo slammed as ‘dummy’ for backing Clinton’s bin Laden claim
- Israeli spokesman: No need to debate who broke the cease-fire
- 35 Palestinians killed; Israeli officer missing
Dujardin, Plummer, Woodley win Spirit Awards
Question of the Day
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (AP) - “The Artist” star Jean Dujardin and “Beginners” co-star Christopher Plummer won Spirit Awards honoring independent film Saturday, possible preludes to the same honors a day later at the Academy Awards.
Dujardin won the lead-actor prize for his role as a silent-film superstar whose career tumbles as the sound era takes hold in the 1920s. Plummer won for supporting actor as an elderly widower who comes out as gay.
The supporting-actress prize went to Shailene Woodley for the family drama “The Descendants.”
At Sunday’s Oscars, the 82-year-old Plummer is favored to become the oldest acting winner ever. Dujardin is up for the best-actor Oscar, where he and “The Descendants” star George Clooney star are in a two-man race.
“It’s taken me the longest time to realize the Spirit Awards have nothing to do with booze,” Plummer joked, going on to thank all the spirits that have come his way in his career, “good and evil.”
Dujardin was unable to attend the Spirit Awards. He was traveling back to Los Angeles for Sunday’s Oscars after the Cesar awards in France on Friday, where “The Artist” won six prizes, including best picture.
At the Spirit Awards, “The Artist” also won the cinematography honor for Guillaume Schiffman.
Woodley was not nominated for an Oscar but won out over a lineup that included Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer of the Irish drama “Albert Nobbs.” In “The Descendants,” Woodley plays the troubled teenage daughter of a Hawaiian dad (Clooney) trying to hold his family together after his wife falls into a coma.
“The Descendants” also won the screenplay award for director Alexander Payne and his co-writers, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.
_ International film, “A Separation,” directed by Asghar Farhadi.
_ Documentary: “The Interrupters.”
_ First screenplay: Will Reiser, “50/50.”
_ John Cassavetes Award for feature film made for less than $500,000: “Pariah.”
An informal celebration compared to Hollywood’s many black-tie honors, the Spirit Awards were presented in their usual venue in a tent along the beach in Santa Monica, just west of Los Angeles.
TWT Video Picks
By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
- Border agents cleared of civil rights complaints from illegal immigrant children
- U.N. condemns Israel, U.S. for not sharing Iron Dome with Hamas
- Ben Carson takes major step toward presidential campaign
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- Porn-surfing feds blame boredom, lack of work for misbehavior
- Feds raid S.C. home to seize Land Rover in EPA emission-control crackdown
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Pentagon wants extra $19M to equip, train Ukrainian troops
- Ted Nugent slams 'lying freaks' at liberal media: I'm 'doing God's work'
- Houston mayor: Sorry that police put man's blind dog on road to die
Top 10 U.S. military helicopters
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors