Indie Spirit Awards 2012: Winners' Reactions

2:54 PM PST 02/25/2012 by Stacey Wilson
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Michelle Williams

UPDATED: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Shailene Woodley and Will Reiser share their thoughts backstage moments after they took home awards.

The 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards took place Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Santa Monica beach.

Read what the afternoon's big winners had to say after winning their awards:

PHOTOS: 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Red Carpet

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn -- best female lead: "My friend was joking that until now I have been the Susan Lucci of the Indie Spirit Awards! I have been luckier and luckier to be working with better and better people. I still can't even believe I did it, playing Marilyn. There wasnt a direct path to playing her. The only way in was time and letting her dictate it instead of me controlling it."

Shailene Woodley, The Descendants -- best supporting female: "I am so grateful. I think the word gratitude explains it all. This film was such a beautiful experience, it totally transformed me as a human being. Every person involved in the film had such a kind gentle graceful soul ... I am so stoked for Octavia Spencer tomorrow! But i didnt really expect this. I was not articulate on stage and said 'um' a lot. I am sure I will be mortified when I watch it back. My life has changed only in one way; I haven't had time to do laundry in many months."

COMPLETE LIST: 2012 Indie Spirit Awards Winners

Christopher Plummer, Beginners -- best supporting male: "What does this mean for tomorrow? Well I don't want to talk about tomorrow! Beginners is such a delightful moving movie. I was so honored to be in it. The film hasn't been seen by a tremendous amount of people. It opened so long ago. Winning here, I hope helps the film to be see again. Moving forward ... Well, I am going to croak any minute so I have to keep going!"

J.C. Chandor, Margin Call -- best first feature and Robert Altman Award: "Our casting process took place during America's darkest (financial) hour. Then we had an amazing cast for a year but no money! It's not exactly the feel-good movie of the year."

Zachary Quinto, Margin Call -- best first feature and Robert Altman Award: "The bottom line is what the actors responded to is good material and JC's ability to articulate his point of view. Also, JC's affability disarmed the actors, even Jeremy Irons and Kevin Spacey. Everybody signed on because of him."

Will Reiser, 50/50 -- best first screenplay: "The best part of winning? I was looking over the list of writers who've won this award and it's a prestigous list. To be listed among them is really special. The most validating thing is how it's touched and connected with people, people who've been affected by cancer. Indie film is about telling great stories. I aspire to continue making films in a community of like-minded people."

Dee Reese, Pariah -- John Cassavetes Award: "This is very exciting, this award is especially meaningful since Cassavetes is my favorite director. It's all about the performances, I am in love with the entire cast. They submitted themselves, read the script and just all wanted to be part of it. I was so blessed to have this amazing cast come together."

Steve James, The Interrupters -- best documentary: "This means a lot for a film like this. It's about urban violence. We never anticipated this reception. Alex [Kotlowitz] wrote a piece for the N.Y. Times that was just incredible. It started with that story. We have been friends for years and this was a great chance to collaborate with him. Chicago is a great place to be based as filmmakers. It's very close-knit and we really support and pull for each other. This is Alex's first documentary and I told him, 'Just walk away now!' "

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