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“The Artist” leads the 2012 Spirit Awards winners

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It should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to this year’s awards season that “The Artist” swept the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The critically acclaimed black-and-white silent film beat out fan favorites like “Drive” and “50/50” to bring home the awards for Best Feature, Director, Male Lead (Jean Dujardin) and Cinematography.

But “The Descendants,” which has been trailing along in second place in the race for this year’s Oscar gold, didn’t go down without a fight. The Alexander Payne-directed movie earned statuettes for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Female (Shailene Woodley). Unfortunately, Woodley wasn’t nominated for the Best Supporting Female Oscar, though she likely would lose to “The Help’s” Octavia Spencer, who has been a powerhouse this awards season.

Many of the winners throughout the night were indicative of who is likely to take home statuettes during tomorrow’s Academy Awards. Michelle Williams won Best Female Lead for “My Week with Marilyn” and Christopher Plummer won for Best Supporting Male in “Beginners.” It would be a big upset of either of those didn’t get the Oscar for their respective categories, though they are getting a run for their money by dark horses Viola Davis and Max Von Sydow. Meanwhile, “A Separation” beat out “Shame” for Best International Film, and is the frontrunner expected to win the Foreign Language Oscar tomorrow as well.

But what makes the Spirit Awards special is that they nominate many of the independent films that wouldn’t otherwise get recognition by big time awards shows. “Pariah” took home both the John Cassavetes Award, “Margin Call” won both the Best First Feature statuette and the Robert Altman Award, and “The Interrupters” won for Best Documentary. And host Seth Rogen’s nominated film, “50/50,” took home one away for Best First Screenplay (Will Reiser).

There weren’t too many surprises during the show, but it is a vote of confidence for “The Artist” that, even up against such stiff, critically acclaimed independent competition, it took home awards in all the major categories. It would be a pretty giant surprise if any other movie took home Best Picture and Director tomorrow evening.

Were you happy with the awards given out during the Spirit Awards? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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