McConaughey, Hunt win supporting Spirit Awards
Actor Matthew McConaughey accepts the award for best supporting male for "Magic Mike," at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Matthew McConaughey of "Magic Mike" and Helen Hunt of "The Sessions" won the supporting-acting prizes Saturday at the Spirit Awards, which honor independent film and are Hollywood's last pre-game show before the Academy Awards.
Both won for portraying sexually charged roles, McConaughey as a flamboyant stripper and Hunt as a sexual surrogate helping a man in an iron lung to lose his virginity.
"I had to take my pants off to win a trophy," said McConaughey, a Hollywood A-lister who has rarely been a contender at key film awards. McConaughey said that five of his last six films have been independent productions and were the "most creative fun of my acting career, hands down."
Actress Helen Hunt arrives at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Hunt, also nominated for supporting actress at Sunday's Oscars, was coy backstage about what she'll be doing before Hollywood's big night.
"I will be eating breakfast and getting dressed," Hunt said of her day at the Oscars, where she previously won as best actress for "As Good as It Gets." ''I don't have any plans, but I'm going to put a dress on."
David O. Russell earned the directing and screenplay prizes for his oddball romance "Silver Linings Playbook," which centers on a shaky relationship between a man (Bradley Cooper) just out of a mental hospital and a young widow (Jennifer Lawrence). The film is up for best picture at the Oscars, where Russell is nominated for adapted screenplay and director, and Cooper and Lawrence are in the running for the lead-acting honors.