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Harrowing slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" swept the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday with five wins, just one day ahead of the Oscar ceremony Sunday."12 Years a Slave" won five of its seven nominations at the awards show for independent movies made on small budgets, including the top award for best feature. Oscar front-runners Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o also took home Spirit Award trophies on the eve of the movie industry's biggest honors."12 Years a Slave" producer-director Steve McQueen, who also won best director, dedicated the best picture Spirit Award to lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and supporting star Michael Fassbender, who were both nominated but did not win. McConaughey, who has made a transition from big budget comedy fare to independent dramas in the past two years, was named best lead male actor for his role as AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who became a beacon of hope for the AIDS community in the 1980s.
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