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Watch Garfunkel and Oates’ morbidly funny tribute to the Spirit Award nominees

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Garfunkel and Oates probably aren’t what you expected when you first heard the band name. Instead of ’70s singer/songwriters, the duo are Los Angeles-based comedy-folk singers Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates) who perform “Flight of the Conchords”-esque material to a growing fanbase.

For their appearance on the Spirit Award stage, the pair went the pop culture route, riffing on each of the Best Film nominees. From “The Artist” and “Take Shelter” to “50/50″ and “Drive,” hilarity ensues courtesy of the two girls and their string instruments. Check it out below.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

“The Artist” star James Cromwell explains what makes the Oscar winner “special”

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It’s official: “The Artist” is the best picture of the year. The Golden Globes said it, the Spirit Awards said it, and the Oscars have now said it as well. It was hard not to be charmed by the black and white indie silent film that could, and it was clear from the get-go that this was going to be a special picture.

Sometimes while filming a movie, especially one as tiny as “The Artist,” it’s hard to imagine that one day it will be honored at a venue as large as the Academy Awards. But when IFC caught up with star James Cromwell on the Spirit Awards red carpet, he said it was clear all along that “The Artist” was going to be unique.

“It was going to be special because you don’t make a black and white film very often. So I knew it was special,” he said “The question was: Is anyone going to get a chance to see it? And when they saw it, was it going to be any good, or is it just a gimmick?”

He added, “I knew it wasn’t a gimmick. I knew that [director] Michel [Hazanavicius] had a vision, that that vision just was so realized and that it affects audiences the way it does is the big surprise to me and everybody else.”

So does that mean we will start seeing a resurgence of black and white films or silent films or some combination of the two now that “The Artist” has found its success? Cromwell doesn’t think so, but he does think that “The Artist” will go on to inspire filmmakers in its own way.

“The trend will be that young filmmakers all over the country and all over the world will say I don’t have to make a film in the convention of a Hollywood film, or I don’t have to that write film. I can make the film that I see in my heart and in my mind and in my imagination, and that will be a big service to artists everywhere,” he said.

That’s why it’s important that independent filmmaking stay around, and that awards shows like the Spirit Awards that honor independent film stay relevant. Cromwell said that respect for independent filmmaking is why he loves coming to the Spirit Awards year after year.

“These are the people who make those types of films,” he said. “If you went to a major studio and said we want to do a black and white silent film, you wouldn’t get past the secretary.” Well, maybe now you would.

Do you agree with Cromwell’s concept of how “The Artist’s” success will influence future filmmakers? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and

Call-In Commentary: Watch “The Forgiveness of Blood” trailer with writer-director Joshua Marston

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Director Joshua Marston broke through with his 2004 critical hit “Maria Full of Grace.” Now he returns with yet another tragic look at an underdog character with “The Forgiveness of Blood.” The film follows a family in Albania and their culture’s little-known tradition of “blood feuds.” After a conflict with a neighbor leads to murder, one young teenager from the accused’s family is forced into isolation to avoid being killed to maintain the balance. Meanwhile, his young sister is forced to work to keep the family afloat.

We caught up with Marston to record a Call-In Commentary, where filmmakers provide narration to their movie trailer. In the video, Marston takes you inside the film and its many intricacies. Check it out below, and then catch “The Forgiveness of Blood” in theaters beginning today.

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Watch the “Rampart” trailer with writer-director Oren Moverman
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View more Call-In Commentaries…

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