Red Carpet: Spirit Awards

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I made it through the first five minutes of every one of your movies, and they all started pretty f--ing slow." So went Seth Rogen's profanity-laced hosting debut at the Spirit Awards, where underdogs and insiders converged to celebrate 2012's crop of indie talent. "It's a beautiful spectrum of films," said Film Independent co-president Josh Welsh of such fare as The Descendants, whose scribes scored a Spirit victory for best screenplay the day before their Oscar win, and breakout debuts like JC Chandor's Margin Call, which won best first feature. "They're all indie but made in totally unique ways." The fete drew film icons like former host John Waters, buzzy directors including Beginners' Mike Mills and Martha Marcy May Marlene's Sean Durkin and crossover talent such as Lucy Liu. "When you do indies, it's for no money. It's like you're paying them!" said Liu. "But there's something wonderful about that."