In case you weren’t keeping score, indies outpaced majors at last night’s Oscars. The Hurt Locker was the 18th indie to win Best Oscar in past 30 years. The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) announced that indies collected 12 Academy Awards (excluding short films), compared to 9 for the major studios. Last night’s “Academy Awards, capped by the triumph of The Hurt Locker, celebrate the diversity, quality and creativity of independent films, and are visible evidence that those films matter to our industry and our audiences,” said IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt. “We congratulate the artists, risk takers and entrepreneurs of the independent film community and our IFTA members for their extraordinary success this season.” Independent films receiving Oscars and, where applicable, IFTA members involved in production, finance or distribution, were: The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, El Secreto De Sus Ojos, The Cove, and The Young Victoria.
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