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by Thomas M. Sipos, managing editor.  [March 2, 2005]




[]  Actress Julie Delpy exhibited amazing ladylike behavior on Saturday, February 27, at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica CA.

While some other celebs rudely ignored reporters and paparazzi shrieking for their attention from behind the ropes and barricades at the indie film awards show, when the Hollywood Investigator called to Ms. Delpy, she came over to pose for a photo in the glaring sun.

"Quickly," said Delpy -- exclusively to the Investigator! -- in her trademark French accent.

A writer as well as an actress, Delpy had been nominated for a Spirit Award for Before Sunset's screenplay, which she co-wrote with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. 

Delpy and Hawke co-star in the film (directed by Linklater) about former lovers meeting for the first time after nine years. Released in 2004, Before Sunset is a sequel to 1995's Before Sunrise, also directed by Linklater, and starring Delpy and Hawke.

Over the years, Delpy has appeared in a wide range of roles. She was lover to her "father" Sam Shepard in the Electra-inspired Voyager, a quick-witted bank teller in the Pulp Fiction-inspired Killing Zoe, a lycanthrope in American Werewolf in Paris, and former disciple of Objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand in The Passion of Ayn Rand, based on Barbara Branden's bio of the same name.

The Spirit Awards are awarded by the Independent Feature Project, a grassroots organization of filmmakers, actors, writers, and others involved in indie filmmaking, that anyone can join -- even YOU!

[Since this article appeared, the California branch of the Independent Feature Project split off and renamed itself Film Independent -- aka FIND -- taking the Spirit Awards with them. Thus, for the last several years, the Spirit Awards has been presented by FIND, and no longer by the IFP -- ed., 3/14/11.]

After taking Delpy's photo, the Investigator requested a quick interview, but Delpy begged off, explaining that she had to get back to the awards.

Alas, Before Sunset lost the Best Screenplay award to Sideways.

* Spotted at the Awards!

Although they didn't stop to pose, the Investigator camera caught several other celebs at the Spirit Awards!

Sporting his trademark cap, Samuel L. Jackson appears puzzled by what looks to be an usher's rubber stamp.

Exploding onto the scene in 1994's Pulp Fiction, some of Jackson's other noteworthy performances include playing a homeless concert pianist in The Caveman's Valentine, and a handicapped comic book collector in M. Night Shyamalan's supernatural film, Unbreakable.

Widely popular on the indie scene, Jackson acted as Master of Ceremonies at the Spirit Awards.

Political correctness doesn't intimidate indie stalwart Liev Schreiber as the actor smokes a ciggie in broad daylight.

The American Schreiber affected a Cockney accent to portray a tough sleazeball bouncer in Party Girl, but he's mostly known for playing nebbish nice guys in such films as The Daytrippers and Walking and Talking.



* Is That Guilied Lopez?


Although Sideways won for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay, most anti-"drug war" libertarians were rooting for Maria Full of Grace, a Spanish-language drama about young female "mules" who are pressured by their poverty to smuggle drugs into the U.S. -- inside their own stomachs!

Alas, Maria Full of Grace only won when it was not up against Sideways. Maria Full of Grace's lead actress, Catalina Sandino Moreno, won Best Actress, and the film's writer-director, Joshua Marston, won Best First Screenplay. But Sideways's Virginia Madsen won Best Supporting Female over Maria Full of Grace's Yenny Paola Vega.

Shockingly, Guilied Lopez wasn't even nominated for Best Supporting Female!

Lopez is the seasoned Colombian TV actress who played Lucy, the mule who died, in Maria Full of Grace.

We're pretty sure that was Lopez by the tent, though like most celebs, she didn't respond when called to by name.

Yes, we're almost certain that was Guilied Lopez.

Patricia Rae is another Maria Full of Grace actress who should have been nominated -- but shockingly was not! -- for Best Supporting Female.

Although Rae played a haggard working class housewife in the film, she looks quite glamorous here (in the red dress) beside some unknown person.

Horror Film Festivals and Awards

 * Hollywood Politics


It wouldn't be a Hollywood awards show without politics.

A young man provided a small dose of such with his sign, offering wry commentary to the celebs driving past autograph-hungry fans in their black tinted limos and SUVs.




Best Feature: Sideways (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Producer: Michael London

Best Director: Alexander Payne
Sideways (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Sideways (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best First Feature: Garden State (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Zach Braff
Producers: Pamela Abdy, Gary Gilbert, Dan Halsted, Richard Klubeck

Best First Screenplay: Joshua Marston
Maria Full of Grace (HBO Films/Fine Line Features)

John Cassavetes Award: Mean Creek (Paramount Classics)
(For the Best Feature made for under $500,000)
Writer/Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
Producers: Susan Johnson, Rick Rosenthal, Hagai Shaham

Best Debut Performance: Rodrigo de la Serna
The Motorcycle Diaries (Focus Features)
*Actors making their first appearance in a feature film

Best Supporting Female: Virginia Madsen
Sideways (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Supporting Male: Thomas Haden Church
Sideways (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Female Lead: Catalina Sandino Moreno
Maria Full of Grace (HBO Films/Fine Line Features)

Best Male Lead: Paul Giamatti
Sideways (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Best Cinematography: Eric Gautier
The Motorcycle Diaries (Focus Features)

Best Foreign Film: The Sea Inside (Fine Line Features)
Director: Alejandro Amenábar

Best Documentary: Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (IFC Films)
Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

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