<p>Robert Zemeckis</p>

Robert Zemeckis

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'Flight' director Robert Zemeckis to be honored by Palm Springs Festival

Helen Hunt and Naomi Watts also receiving awards

Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis will need to make some more room on his award shelf.

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Zemeckis with the Director of the Year Award for "Flight."

The Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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<p>&quot;Beasts of the Southern Wild,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Magic Mike&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Keep the Lights On&quot; all founds some love from the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominations.</p>

"Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Magic Mike" and "Keep the Lights On" all founds some love from the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominations.

2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominations winners and losers

"Beasts of the Southern Wild," Ezra Miller, Matthew McConaughey and more

As always, the Spirits are an intriguing beast. Originally a fly by the seat of your pants awards show meant to give exposure to indie films they couldn't find anywhere else the Spirits have morphed into a prestigious honor that people in the industry actually care about. This year it appears the nominating committees got it mostly right. Sure, there's that always sticky $20 million or less budget figure qualification no one wants to pay attention to (until they do) and some blatant omissions here and there.  But, at the end of the day the Spirits still provide an important platform for new filmmakers to make their mark with moviegoers and the larger movie industry.  Taking that into account, here are the winners and losers after the announcement of the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominees this morning.

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<p>Jake Gyllenhaal should land a best male lead nomination for his role in &quot;End of Watch.&quot;</p>

Jake Gyllenhaal should land a best male lead nomination for his role in "End of Watch."

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2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominations: 5 things to look for

Look for 'Bernie,' 'End of Watch' and 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' to land nods

When the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards nominations are announced less than 12 hours from now many of the nominations won't surprise you.  "Silver Linings Playbook," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Moonrise Kingdom" should all receive multiple nods.  The question is where will the Spirit nominating committees pull a fast one? Because, let's face it, they always do. Whether it's deciding "The Artist" qualifies as an American production (don't get me started on this one) or basically ignoring "Midnight in Paris" or giving "The Last Station" a best feature nod, half of the Spirit nominations are almost never what you expect. That being said, they are somewhat predictable in their unpredictableness.  Here are five things you should look for when the nominations are revealed at 10 AM PST.

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<p>Marion Cotillard walks the red carpet at the 22nd Annual Gotham Awards.</p>

Marion Cotillard walks the red carpet at the 22nd Annual Gotham Awards.

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Live blogging the 2012 Gotham Awards

New York's indie night live on the web

Ah, the Gotham Awards.  New York's smaller cousin to the Independent Spirit Awards.  Part tribute show, part awards showcase, the Gothams are if nothing but entertaining.

The program is being streamed by IFP here, but feel free to enjoy this live blog of the evening's highlights. The audience may already be buzzed, but we won't be.

8:13 PM EST - Jimmy Kimmel comes out (via tape) and tells everyone to be quiet. "You are there to celebrate the best independent films of 2012 and Matt Damon" and then rips all his commercial hits. "No one embodies the spirit of independent film like Matt Damon."

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<p>The Tooth Fairy is intrigued by Jack Frost's teeth in &quot;Rise of the Guardians.&quot;</p>

The Tooth Fairy is intrigued by Jack Frost's teeth in "Rise of the Guardians."

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Why isn't 'Rise of the Guardians' a box office hit?

A rare stumble from DreamWorks Animation

There is something very disheartening about the box office performance of "Rise of the Guardians" this past holiday weekend.  When Paramount and DreamWorks Animation first previewed footage from "Guardians" early this year there was genuine excitement in the media and animation circles. After surprising moviegoers with an unexpectedly adult-friendly "Puss and Boots" and somehow improving critically with "Kung Fu Panda 2," DWA seemed intent on continuing to break the mold with their upcoming slate. Principally, "Guardians" was executive produced by Guillermo Del Toro (who seemed to work wonders for "Boots") and was their first property acquisition since "Shrek" back in the day.  And that was just the beginning of its impressive creative credentials.

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<p>Jessica Chastain in &quot;Zero Dark Thirty.&quot;</p>

Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty."

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Mark Boal calls 'Zero Dark Thirty' a story of a 'Western woman who defeated al-Qaeda'

Jessica Chastain and Kathryn Bigelow on the riveting new thriller

WEST HOLLYWOOD - "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's follow up to her Oscar-winning thriller "The Hurt Locker," made its formal screening debut in both New York and Los Angeles on Sunday, but the West Coast audience had the pleasure of a formal discussion with the director and some of her cast members immediately following.

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<p>Helen Mirren discusses her role as Alma Reville in &quot;Hitchcock.&quot;</p>

Helen Mirren discusses her role as Alma Reville in "Hitchcock."

'Hitchcock's' Helen Mirren say she's no Alma Reville when it comes to her husband's work

The Oscar winner and Taylor Hackford do their own thing

NEW YORK - In the 1950's and early '60s, Alma Reville was a creative power unbeknownst to the moviegoing public.  The wife of acclaimed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, Reville was an accomplished screenwriter, defacto producer and editor who was responsible for much of her husband's success.  While some may question a number of the more salacious storylines in Sacha Gervasi's new drama "Hitchcock," no one will complain that the film is finally giving Reville her long awaited due.

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<p>Don't worry Anne. Early buzz says you won't have to pray for good reviews of &quot;Les Miserables.&quot; </p>

Don't worry Anne. Early buzz says you won't have to pray for good reviews of "Les Miserables."

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Contender Countdown: 'Les Miserables' gets ready for its close up

Plus: 'Silver Linings Playbook' takes a slip

Seemingly as always, Hollywood has a lot to be thankful for. The box office has been on an upswing the past six weeks and with "The Hobbit," "Django Unchained" and "Les Miserables" arriving next month ticket sales should remain strong.  But for many consultants and movie marketers this holiday weekend won't be a relaxing vacation.  

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<p>Aaron Johnson and Keira Knightley talk about their roles as not-so secret lovers in 19th Century Russian society in Joe Wright's &quot;Anna Karenina.&quot;</p>

Aaron Johnson and Keira Knightley talk about their roles as not-so secret lovers in 19th Century Russian society in Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina."

Revisiting 'Anna Karenina' with Keira Knightley and Joe Wright

Plus: Interviews with Aaron Johnson, Domhnall Gleeson, Jude Law and Matthew Macfadyen

LOS ANGELES - Last Thursday, "Twilight" fans everywhere were anxiously getting ready to take their final bite of Bella, Jacob and Edward.  And, as we soon discovered, history fans across the country were scouring to see if "Lincoln" was playing in a multiplex close by.  I, on the other hand, ended up revisiting one of this season's expected awards season players, "Anna Karenina."  

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<p>Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette and Helen Mirren at the New York premiere of &quot;Hitchcock.&quot;</p>

Jessica Biel, Scarlett Johansson, Toni Collette and Helen Mirren at the New York premiere of "Hitchcock."

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How do you hold a 'Hitchcock' premiere without Hitchcock?

Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Helen Mirren and Toni Collette bring the starpower

Fox Searchlight had a strange predicament on its hands. How do you hold a U.S. premiere for a movie when your leading man - the actor who plays the title character of the picture no less  - is an ocean away?  Thankfully for the mini-major, the director and producers of "Hitchock" found a supporting cast with prestige credentials and paparazzi appeal.

With Anthony Hopkins in London, the New York premiere for "Hitchcock" featured the film's co-lead, Dame Helen Mirren, "Avenger" Scarlett Johansson, Toni "shouldn't I have another Oscar nomination by now?" Collette and Jessica "she's more talented than she gets credit for" Biel. And yes, James D'Arcy and director Sacha Gervasi were there too, but this special screening surpassed the world premiere at AFI Film Fest earlier this month because there were actual stars in the house.

And when you're opening on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 16 theaters a little attention from the press ain't such a bad thing.  Check out the talented ladies in the gallery embedded in this post or read my AFI review here.

Are you looking forward to seeing "Hitchcock"?  Do you think Hopkins and Mirren have a shot at nominations? Share your thoughts below.

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