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Silver Linings Playbook, The Sessions Win Top Honors at Pre-Oscar Indie Film Awards

Silver Linings grabs Best Picture, Actress, Director and Screenplay

Silver Linings Playbook dominated the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday night, on the eve of Hollywood's Academy Awards ceremony, winning four prizes including for Best Feature.

Jennifer Lawrence, 22, who plays a feisty young widow in Silver Linings Playbook, was named best actress and David O. Russell picked up the best directing honor on Saturday.

Lawrence and Russell are also in the running for Oscars on Sunday, where Silver Linings Playbook is nominated for Best Picture.

"When you make a film from the heart, there is no such thing as genre. They are just real people, and if it's funny in or of itself, that's what happens and that's what my whole cast taught me," Russell said in accepting his award.

Amour, about an elderly couple coping with the effects of the wife's debilitating stroke, won the Best Foreign Film award on Saturday, strengthening its march toward expected Oscar success on Sunday.

The Independent Spirit Awards are handed out by the Los Angeles-based non-profit group Film Independent and are widely considered the top honors for low-budget and art house movies in the United States.

The ceremony, held in a tent on California's Santa Monica beach, are a more laid-back affair than the formal and glitzy Academy Awards ceremony. Bruce Willis, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Renner, Daniel Radcliffe, Amy Poehler and other celebrities were treated to a casual lunch.

Here's a list of Saturday night's winners:

BEST FEATURE Silver Linings Playbook

BEST FEMALE LEAD Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST MALE LEAD John Hawkes, The Sessions


BEST SUPPORTING MALE Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

BEST DIRECTOR David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook



BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer) The Perks of Being a Wallflower

BEST SCREENPLAY David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY Derek Connolly, Safety Not Guaranteed

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild

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