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Spirit Awards look to go their own way with less Oscar crossover

Spirit Awards look to go their own way with less Oscar crossover

In recent years the Film Independent Spirit Awards have not always seemed so much an Oscar alternative as they have Oscar adjacent. The winner of the Spirit Award for best film has matched with the Oscars’ best picture winner in three of the last four years. Last year four of the Spirits' five best film nominees were also nominated for best picture.

This year it seems the Spirit Awards, which take place in Santa Monica on Saturday afternoon, may go their own way. Only one best film nominee is also up for best picture on Sunday, the drama “Spotlight.” The other films nominated for the Spirit Awards' top prize are “Anomalisa,” “Beasts of No...

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