Silver Linings wins pre-Oscar award

Producers (from left) Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti and Jonathan Gordon and actress Jennifer Lawrence accept the Best Feature award for Silver Linings Playbook onstage during the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach last night.

Producers (from left) Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti and Jonathan Gordon and actress Jennifer Lawrence accept the Best Feature award for Silver Linings Playbook onstage during the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach last night.

Sun, Feb 24, 2013, 00:00

Quirky comedy Silver Linings Playbook dominated the Independent Spirit Awards 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 the film, was named best actress and David O Russell picked up the best directing honour last night. 

Lawrence and Russell are also in the running for Oscars tonight, 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.  

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

The Independent Spirit Awards are handed out by the Los Angeles-based non-profit group Film Independent and are widely considered the top honours 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.

The awards for Silver Linings Playbook largely shut out rival fantasy movie Beasts of the Southern Wild, which won one award for cinematography but lost in three other categories. 

First-time director Benh Zeitlin (30) had been considered a front-runner at the Spirit Awards for the mythological film, set in a Louisiana swamp. 

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