LOS ANGELES--David O. Russell's dramatic comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" took home the best feature prize at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon at a raucous ceremony hosted by Andy Samberg on the beach in Santa Monica.
It was a big afternoon for the Philadelphia tale about a thirtysomething man afflicted with a mood disorder. At the Spirits, Russell was named best director and received the prize for best screenplay for the film, and his star, Jennifer Lawrence, won the best actress statuette.
The Spirits' best actor award went to John Hawkes for the sex-therapy tale "The Sessions," and his costar, Helen Hunt, won best supporting actress.
But it was "Silver Linings'" day.
The film, which is also nominated for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, beat out Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Richard Linklater's "Bernie," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and Ira Sachs' "Keep the Lights On" for best feature.
"Benh Zeitlin is a young man," Russell said upon winning best director, referring to the "Beasts'" helmer. "So Benh Zeitlin will be back."
Held under a tent with whiskey and wine flowing, the indie-film ceremony featured its usual mix of self-deprecation (a parody movie called "Bottle Cap," about a girl whose hand blows in the wind) as well as the film-industry establishment. Samberg started the show with an extended riff with the theme (Screw) Hollywood and ... the Oscars." "You can keep your Matthew McConaugheys because we got Matthew McConaughey," pointing to the "Bernie" and "Magic Mike" star, who received two Spirits nominations.
Samberg couldn't resist a shot at the Oscars' supporting actress favorite Anne Hathaway either, comparing her to the IFC slogan: "Always On. Slightly Off."
McConaughey was later named best supporting actor for playing the strip club impresario Dallas in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike." "I had to take my pants off to win a trophy," the actor quipped. "I had to drop my drawers to win an award."
In other awards, "The Invisible War," Kirby Dick's expose on sexual assault in the military, was named best documentary.