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Spirit Awards: Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson, the kids from 'The Kids Are All Right' [Video]

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty at the Spirit Awards When it comes to "The Kids Are All Right," most audiences have been focused on the performance of one of its leading actresses, Annette Bening. But what have the two young stars who play her children, 21-year-old Mia Wasikowska and 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson, been up to?

With a perma-grin planted on his face Saturday at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Hutcherson said he felt lucky to have been taken under the wings of A-list actors like his costars Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. But he was most excited about heading to the Academy Awards on Sunday for the first time.

"I mean, going to the Oscars is like an actor's dream, and the fact that I'm 18 and I'm going to the Oscars is like, 'What? That's awesome.' I have a whole tuxedo planned out and everything," he gushed.

Wasikowska, who stars in next month's "Jane Eyre," said she felt proud that a low-budget film was being recognized by the academy.

"It's so great when the smaller films that always take a lot more effort to get together -- when they reach so many people, it's really cool," she said.

And when it comes to tomorrow's big showdown between Bening and  Natalie Portman for best actress, Hutcherson, of course, has a clear favorite.

"Of course, I'm a little biased, but I'd have to say Annette," he said. "I think both of them are amazing actresses. I've idolized Natalie my entire life because she's a young actress who made the transition into an adult, so they're both very deserving."

Click the pic of Bening and husband Warren Beatty, top, for more photos from the red carpet.

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-- Amy Kaufman
Twitter.com/AmyKinLA

Photo: Annette Bening and Warren Beatty arrive at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press


Spirit Awards: Aaron Eckhart's 'Rabbit Hole' director says, 'We're having a blast' [Video]

When it comes to the Oscar for actress in a lead role, many have predicted the race will come down to Natalie Portman and Annette Bening. Even John Cameron Mitchell, who directed Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole," admitted he doesn't think the actress has a good shot at winning.

Nicole Kidman at the Spirit Awards "I think we're all kind of like, 'Don't worry about it,' " he said at the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. "We're having a blast because we're not preparing any speeches."

A good time indeed: Cameron Mitchell said he'd been spending the weekend partying his cares away.

"I'm partying all weekend. You're never really hung over if you had a good time," he joked. "Tonight, I'm going to a soul dance party. I'm having a blast." (Click the pic of Kidman, right, for more photos from the red carpet.)

Presumably quite a change from the tone on set during production of "Rabbit Hole," which stars Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a couple grieving the loss of their young son.

"It's tough material, you know, and we all understand that we're actors and we're trying to do something special," Eckhart said, "but there's always time for laughter and friendliness and cavorting, so we had a good time making the movie."

Despite the odds, will he still be rooting for his costar, also a Spirit Awards presenter and nominee?

"Absolutely," he said. "Number one."

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--Amy Kaufman

Twitter.com/AmyKinLA

Photo: Presenter and "Rabbit Hole" nominee Nicole Kidman arrives at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Feb. 26, 2011. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Spirit Awards: John Hawkes on celebrity -- 'It's growing on me, over time' [Video]

John Hawkes is well known in the world of independent film, but when he received an Academy Award nomination this year for his supporting role in "Winter's Bone," his profile in Hollywood rose dramatically.

Hawkes has made no secret on the awards trail this season of saying he's a private person who prefers not to talk about himself. But when we caught up with him Saturday on the red carpet at the Independent Spirit Awards, where he was also nominated for supporting male, the actor said he'd begun to change his tune.

"It's growing on me, over time," he admitted. "It's been so amazing to have a piece of paper that tells you where you have to be every day and what you have to do. It's been kind of handy. It takes the thought out of the whole process."

So what will he do without the constant luncheons and parties?

"I suspect a piece of me will miss it," he said, smiling. "It's nice having people tell you you're good."

Hawkes may have warmed up to the idea of celebrity, but don't expect to see him in a blockbuster anytime soon. The independent film world, he said, is "mostly where [he] belongs."

"Usually it's where the better stories are, I feel like," he said. "It's not people guessing about what the audience might like, as opposed to making the film they want to make. And that's what I want to be caught up in."

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-- Amy Kaufman
Twitter.com/AmyKinLA


Spirit Awards: Mark Ruffalo is excited, content, 'slightly hung over' [Video]

Entering the final weekend of a nearly five-month-long award circuit, many actors are ready for the junkets, luncheons and red carpets to end. Mark Ruffalo, up for best supporting actor for his role in "The Kids Are All Right" at the Oscars on Sunday, said he's been patiently awaiting the close of a grueling season.

"I'm excited, I'm tired, but mostly content and slightly hung over," the actor said Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards, where he was also nominated in that category, for that film.

While many are anticipating that Christian Balewill take supporting actor on Sunday, Ruffalo said he would -- not surprisingly -- be pleased if there was a shake-up.

"I'm always up for a surprise. You know, things get too boring if it's too patent, so I'm hoping to see some surprises tomorrow," he said, grinning.

To keep his mind off all the Hollywood fanfare, Ruffalo has become active on Twitter, where he often sends out messages about social causes.

"It's a pretty interesting tool for democracy," he said of the social-media site. "Things like Twitter and Facebook on the surface appear totally kind of shallow and trite. But I started Twitter when the Iranian revolution began and I witnessed that revolution go down on Twitter in first person. And it was one of the most exciting things I had experienced in my young adult life."

Click for more photos from the Spirit Awards red carpet.

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-- Amy Kaufman
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Spirit Awards: Anthony Mackie reveals how revealing Olivia Wilde can be [Video]

Earlier this month, Anthony Mackie hit the big time for a young actor: He landed one of the coveted spots on the cover of Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood issue. And, as fortune would have it, during the photo shoot he was posed alongside Olivia Wilde, who was wearing a quite, um, revealing dress.

Spirit Awards pictures "I didn't see the whole thing," he laughed, referring to Wilde's chest. "They had her so taped in that you didn't get to see anything."

Only a year ago, Mackie snagged a Spirit Awards nomination for supporting actor in the Oscar-winning film "The Hurt Locker." But of late, he said, most of the attention he's received has been in response to the VF cover.

"It's funny how many people saw it and how many people read it," he said. "It gave my family something to talk about."

Next up, the 31-year-old stars opposite Matt Damon in "The Adjustment Bureau," whose release date has been pushed numerous times. Mackie blamed the delay on his costar's busy schedule.

"Matt Damon has 20 million movies coming out, so you have to find a spot for his new movie to come out," he said with a smile.

Click the pic of Mackie at the New York premiere of "The Adjustment Bureau," above, to see more from the Spirit Awards red carpet.

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-- Amy Kaufman
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