2013 Spirit Award Winners - 'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominates

spiritToday the 2013 Spirit Awards were handed out and it was a dominating effort from Silver Linings Playbook as it won Best Picture, Director (David O. Russell), Actress (Jennifer Lawrence) and Screenplay (Russell). The only award it was nominated for and didn't win was Best Actor where Bradley Cooper lost to John Hawkes for The Sessions, but that's only a minor blip on the radar when you win this big.

Among the early awards handed out, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower won for Best First Feature while Derek Connolly won for Best First Screenplay for the romantic sci-fi film Safety Not Guaranteed. Then the Twitterverse exploded with a Best Supporting Actor win for Matthew McConaughey and his work in Magic Mike, which, for a time, seemed like it may be able to eek into that last Supporting slot at the Oscars. No dice, a Spirit Award it will have to be.

In the Supporting Actress category the win went to Helen Hunt (The Sessions) over the likes of Ann Dowd (Compliance) and Lorraine Toussaint (Middle of Nowhere). I'm still not sure what qualifies her role in that film as a "supporting" performance, but thus is the nature of the awards circuit.

Ava DuVernay's Middle of Nowhere took the John Cassavetes Award which goes to the best feature made for under $500,000, The Invisible War won Best Documentary and Michael Haneke's Amour won Best Foreign Language film.

If you're wondering what this means for the Oscars, well, not a whole lot. Lawrence is still the favorite to win Best Actress while Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) remains the likely runner-up, Russell's screenplay is certainly in contention for Best Adapted Screenplay and he very well could win Best Director and I don't think anyone would be all that surprised. As for Best Picture, well, I still wouldn't be surprised to see Silver Linings take it, but it is a longshot.

And with the Spirit Awards coming to a close, that's all there is before tomorrow night's 2013 Oscars. I have updated the Oscar Overture with the Silver Linings win and you can check out all of my predictions for tomorrow night's Oscars right here and vote for who you think is going to win in all 24 categories.

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I have included all of the 2013 Spirit Award winners and nominees below with the winners highlighted in bold red text.


  • Beasts of the Southern Wild - Producers: Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey & Josh Penn
  • Bernie - Producers: Liz Glotzer, Richard Linklater, David McFadzean, Dete Meserve, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Ginger Sledge, Matt Williams
  • Keep the Lights On - Producers: Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin, Ira Sachs
  • Moonrise Kingdom - Producers: Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin
  • Silver Linings Playbook - Producers: Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon


  • Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)
  • Julia Loktev (The Loneliest Planet)
  • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On)
  • Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)


  • Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
  • Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks)
  • Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths)
  • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On)


  • Fill the Void - Director: Rama Burshtein, Producer: Assaf Amir
  • Gimme the Loot - Director: Adam Leon, Producers: Dominic Buchanan, Natalie Difford, Jamund Washington
  • Safety Not Guaranteed - Director: Colin Trevorrow, Producers: Derek Connolly, Stephanie Langhoff, Peter Saraf, Colin Trevorrow, Marc Turtletaub
  • Sound of My Voice - Director: Zal Batmanglij, Producers: Brit Marling, Hans Ritter, Shelley Surpin
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Director: Stephen Chbosky, Producers: Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, Russell Smith


  • Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void)
  • Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed)
  • Christopher Ford (Robot & Frank)
  • Rashida Jones & Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
  • Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby)


Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the Writer, Director, and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

  • Breakfast with Curtis - Writer/Director/Producer: Laura Colella,
  • Middle of Nowhere - Writer/Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay, Producers: Howard Barish, Paul Garnes
  • Mosquita y Mari - Writer/Director: Aurora Guerrero, Producer: Chad Burris
  • Starlet - Writer/Director: Sean Baker, Producers: Blake Ashman-Kipervaser, Kevin Chinoy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Maybach, Francesca Silvestri
  • The Color Wheel - Writer/Director/Producer: Alex Ross Perry, Writer: Carlen Altman


  • Linda Cardellini (Return)
  • Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed)


  • Jack Black (Bernie)
  • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • John Hawkes (The Sessions)
  • Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe)
  • Wendell Pierce (Four)


  • Rosemarie DeWitt (Your Sister's Sister)
  • Ann Dowd (Compliance)
  • Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
  • Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice)
  • Lorraine Toussaint (Middle of Nowhere)


  • Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)
  • David Oyelowo (Middle of Nowhere)
  • Michael Péna (End of Watch)
  • Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
  • Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom)


  • Yoni Brook (Valley of Saints)
  • Lol Crawley (Here)
  • Ben Richardson (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  • Roman Vasyanov (End of Watch)
  • Robert Yeoman (Moonrise Kingdom)


  • How to Survive a Plague - Director: David France, Producers: David France, Howard Gertler
  • Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present - Director: Matthew Akers, Producers: Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre
  • The Central Park Five - DirectorS/Producers: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
  • The Invisible War - Director: Kirby Dick, Producers: Tanner King Barklow, Amy Ziering
  • The Waiting Room - Director/Producer: Peter Nicks, Producers: Linda Davis, William B. Hirsch


  • Amour (France) Director: Michael Haneke
  • Once Upon A Time in Anatolia (Turkey) Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Rust And Bone (France/Belgium) Director: Jacques Audiard
  • Sister (Switzerland) - Director: Ursula Meier
  • War Witch (Democratic Republic of Congo) - Director: Kim Nguyen


The 16th annual Piaget Producers Award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.

  • Nobody Walks - Producer: Alicia Van Couvering
  • Prince Avalanche - Producer: Derrick Tseng
  • Stones in the Sun - Producer: Mynette Louie


The 19th annual Someone to Watch Award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • Pincus - Director: David Fenster
  • Gimme the Loot - Director: Adam Leon
  • Electrick Children - Director: Rebecca Thomas


The 18th annual Truer Than Fiction Award is presented to an emerging Director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.

  • Leviathan - Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
  • The Waiting Room - Director: Peter Nicks
  • Only the Young - Director: Jason Tippet & Elizabeth Mims


Given to one film's Director, casting Director, and its ensemble cast

  • Starlet - Director: Sean Baker
    Casting Director: Julia Kim
    Ensemble Cast: Dree Hemingway, Besedka Johnson, Karren Karagulian, Stella Maeve, James Ransone

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    Hmm, I wish Bradley Cooper had won that award. He was really my favorite thing from that film

  • Julie

    Winter’s Bone Reunion ! :D Jennifer + John !

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      Yes, I immediately thought of this as well. I havent seen the sessions, but he is a phenomenal actor. Im glad he got some love. I do think that Cooper's performance showed more range from what I have seen of the sessions
      I was quite surprised that SLP got as much love as it did here, seeing how it has so many opportunities for awards at the "big show". but im not all that well versed on how the spirit awards shake down.

  • Mark

    Brad, your fellow bloggers who hate Silver Linings Playbook because it has a happy ending are having hissy fits right now I bet. :)

    • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

      They are, calling it a 'non-independent film' thus not eligible, which is strange saying as it was most definitely independently produced... Thems the facts...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

    I'm actually considering changing my prediction for best picture at the oscars to Silver Linings now... Anyone think I should do that?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      I would stick with Argo. The Spirit Awards doesn't play a significance enough role as a precursor for the Oscars best picture. If you want to change it, I would change it to Lincoln because that has the next highest chance of winner after Argo.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ryguy815/ Ryguy815

        Ok, Thanks for your help! I think I'm going to stick with Argo now.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

        yes, in a way, the ISA are just that, since the results are awarded after the oscar voting is closed. I like that. Im sticking with Argo as well.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    Terrific. So happy to see SLP get some much deserved love. But most of all, I was so pleased to see my guy Matthew McConaughey take home an award. It was also nice to see him recognized for Killer Joe (my favorite performance of the year) as well.

    I can only hope (that by some miracle) SLP takes Best Director & Best Picture tomorrow night.

    • Thornsy

      I'm predicting it for Best Director, as sort of a "congratulations" prize for Russell. I would love it if took Best Picture, though.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

        Yes, I can see SLP slipping in and taking best director. But not adapted screenplay. Well, maybe a long shot. I think the academy will want to show some respect for Lincoln. Kushner for screen play and or spielberg for director.
        I still havent decided on these two categories.

        • Thornsy

          I think DDL breaking a record certainly shows a lot of respect for Lincoln.

  • Newbourne

    Didn't you nominate Hunt for Supporting in your RopeofSilicon awards? Why do you all of a sudden don't understand why it's supporting?

  • Chris

    Cooper gave my favorite performance of the year so it's a little disappointing that he didn't win this one because he has no shot against the overrated yet still good DDL Lincoln performance. Can't wait till SLP hits blu ray though.

  • Racer X

    When I say “Silver Linings Playbook was one the biggest disappointments of the year” I'm not doing it to be a contrarian. I'm just having difficult time accepting the abundance of praise heaped upon this implausible, miscast, contrived, mess of a film. While others are campaigning for Oscar wins I'm wondering how I actually made it through the entire screening without walking out. It's like a saw a different film from that of my peers.