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The 30th Independent Spirit Awards ceremony took place on February 21, 2015 celebrating films made in 2014. The Independent Spirit Awards was founded in 1984 by a group of independent filmmakers and awards are dedicated to the cause. The award itself is a symbol of the struggle independent film maker face. A non-profit group known as Film Independent holds the awards ceremony. A ceremony inside a tent on the beach of Santa Monica, California is held usually the day before the Academy Awards. It is currently being televised on Bravo network and Independent Film Channel.

Categories of awards include Best Film, Best Director, Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Foreign Film and many others. Birdman and Boyhood were in the running for the 30th Best Film Award and Birdman edge out the rival at the last minute winning the award. Birdman also won the Best Actor for Michael Keaton and the Best Cinematography Award. Boyhood won the Best Director Award as well as the Best Supporting Actress Award. The Best Actress Award went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of an early onset of Alzheimer’s woman in the film, Still Alice. The Best Documentary was given to Laura Poitras for her portrayal of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Citizenfour.

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