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The Independent Spirit Awards, also known as the Film Independent Spirit Awards, is an annual awards ceremony dedicated to honoring independent filmmakers. The show is known for celebrating lesser-known films and artists that often go unrecognized at more mainstream award shows like the Oscars. The awards ceremony is presented by Film Independent, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers. The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards ceremony was no exception to this tradition of honoring indie films. The show was hosted by comedian and actress Joel McHale and was broadcast live on IFC, the network known for its dedication to independent film. The ceremony took place on February 26, 2011, in Santa Monica, California, at its regular location, the beachside tent in Santa Monica. The show featured many notable actors and actresses, including presenters like Mark Ruffalo, Kerry Washington, and Jeremy Renner, among others. Some of the nominated films included Winter's Bone, The Kids Are All Right, Black Swan, and Blue Valentine. Winter's Bone, an indie film about a young girl in rural Missouri trying to find her father, was the most nominated film of the year. The Independent Spirit Awards also feature several categories that are not typically seen at other award shows, like the John Cassavetes Award for films made for under $500,000 and the Robert Altman Award for the film with the best ensemble cast, director, and casting director. These unique categories help to highlight the independent film industry's diversity and commitment to artistic freedom. One of the most memorable moments of the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards was when James Franco won Best Male Lead for his role in 127 Hours. Franco famously starred in the film, which was directed by Danny Boyle, while also hosting the 83rd Academy Awards the following day. Franco accepted the award via video from Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing for the Oscars. His acceptance speech gave a nod to his role as host the following night, saying, "I guess I'm still hosting the Oscars tomorrow. Next year, things could be different. You never know." Another highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of the Robert Altman Award to the cast and crew of Please Give. The film, which was directed by Nicole Holofcener, starred Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, and Oliver Platt, among others. The Altman Award is presented each year to recognize the creative collaboration that goes into making a great film, and this award is considered one of the top honors at the Independent Spirit Awards. Overall, the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards was a celebration of independent filmmaking and the artists who work tirelessly to bring their unique visions to the screen. From the moving acceptance speeches to the surprising wins, the show remained true to its original mission of honoring independent voices in the film industry. It was a night to remember for the many talented actors, directors, and producers who attended the ceremony, many of whom would go on to make even more groundbreaking films in the years to come.