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Independent Films Capture 17 Oscars

Independent films captured 17 Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards, including a Best Picture victory by “The Artist.”

Press release from Independent Film & Television Alliance:

Los Angeles, CA –

Independent films captured 17 Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards, including a Best Picture victory by The Artist. The award brings the number of independent films taking Best Picture honors to 20 over the past 31 years, according to the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®).

Independent films collected 17 Academy Awards in these categories:

(*Please note, companies listed include Independent companies involved in the film which are also IFTA Member companies)

Best Picture The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)

Directing Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)

Actor in a Leading Role Jean Dujardin – The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)

Actress in a Leading Role Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady (Pathé International, Goldcrest Pictures, U.K. Film Council, The Weinstein Company)

Actor in a Supporting Role Christopher Plummer – Beginners (Focus Features)

Writing (Original Screenplay) Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris

Foreign Language Film A Separation

Animated Feature Film Rango (GK Films)

Art Direction Hugo (GK Films) – Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Cinematography Robert Richardson – Hugo (GK Films)

Costume Design Mark Bridges – The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)

Documentary (Feature) Undefeated (The Weinstein Company)

Makeup Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland – The Iron Lady (Pathé International, Goldcrest Pictures, U.K. Film Council, The Weinstein Company)

Music (Original Score) Ludovic Bource – The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company)

Sound Editing Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty – Hugo (GK Films)

Sound Mixing Tom Fleischman and John Midgley – Hugo (GK Films)

Visual Effects Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning – Hugo (GK Films)

For more than 30 years, IFTA Members have produced, distributed and financed many of the world's most prominent films, 20 of which have won the Academy Award® for “Best Picture” since 1980, most recently The Artist (Wild Bunch, The Weinstein Company), The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), The Hurt Locker (Voltage Pictures and Summit Entertainment) and Slumdog Millionaire (Pathé International).

About The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA®) The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) is the global trade association of the independent motion picture and television programming industry. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the organization represents and provides significant entertainment industry services to more than 150 member companies from 23 countries, consisting of independent production and distribution companies, sales agents, television companies, studio-affiliated companies, and financial institutions engaged in content finance.

Collectively, the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s members produce more than 400 independent films and countless hours of television programming each year and generate more than $4 billion in distribution revenues annually. The organization’s premiere event, the American Film Market, held in conjunction with AFI FEST, takes place every year in November in Santa Monica.

As the voice and advocate for the independent film and television industry worldwide, the Alliance speaks out on matters of critical importance and, where appropriate, actively lobbies governments around the world in regard to measures directly affecting the independent industry. For more information on IFTA and the American Film Market, please visit www.ifta-online.org.

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