Miss Independent Spirit: 11 Actresses Who Embody 'Indie Spirit'

03/01/2014 at 02:55 PM EST

Shailene Woodley And More Miss Independent Spirit Awards Candidates
Shailene Woodley (left) and Quvenzhané Wallis
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Yes, the Oscars are almost here, but there's another award show on the horizon. On Saturday night, IFC will air the Independent Spirit Awards hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt.

Traditionally held in a tent on a beach in Santa Monica, Calif., this event is "the little engine that could" of the awards season. The show airs off major network television the day before the Oscars, but has begun to draw a bigger audience – and perhaps a few tweaks can attract even more viewers.

Our top suggestion? The Indie Spirits ought to steal a move from the Golden Globes playbook and create an annual Miss Independent Spirit honorary title. Using the Miss Golden Globe model of choosing young, famous faces as award handlers, here are 11 lovely ladies who might just be the ideal inaugural Miss Independent Spirit.

Gabourey Sidibe

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Gabourey Sidibe

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Age: 30
Most Famous Indie Film: Precious

Brie Larson

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Brie Larson

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Age: 24
Most Famous Indie Role: Short Term 12

Elizabeth Olsen

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Elizabeth Olsen

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Age: 25
Most Famous Indie Role: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley

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Age: 22
Most Famous Indie Role: The Descendants

Adèle Exarchopoulos

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Adèle Exarchopoulos

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Age: 20
Most Famous Indie Role: Blue is the Warmest Color

Quvenzhané Wallis

Miss Independent Spirit: 11 Actresses Who Embody 'Indie Spirit'| Independent Spirit Awards 2014, Individual Class, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Gabourey Sidibe, Mia Wasikowska, Quvenzhane Wallis

Quvenzhané Wallis

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Age: 10
Most Famous Indie Role: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Mia Wasikowska

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Mia Wasikowska

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Age: 25
Most Famous Indie Role: Stoker

Felicity Jones

Miss Independent Spirit: 11 Actresses Who Embody 'Indie Spirit'| Independent Spirit Awards 2014, Individual Class, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Gabourey Sidibe, Mia Wasikowska, Quvenzhane Wallis, Shailene Woodley

Felicity Jones

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Age: 30
Most Famous Indie Role: Like Crazy

Saoirse Ronan

Miss Independent Spirit: 11 Actresses Who Embody 'Indie Spirit'| Independent Spirit Awards 2014, Individual Class, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Gabourey Sidibe, Mia Wasikowska, Quvenzhane Wallis, Shailene Woodley

Saoirse Ronan

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Age: 19
Most Famous Indie Role: Atonement



Kaitlyn Dever

Miss Independent Spirit: 11 Actresses Who Embody 'Indie Spirit'| Independent Spirit Awards 2014, Individual Class, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Gabourey Sidibe, Mia Wasikowska, Quvenzhane Wallis

Kaitlyn Dever

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Age: 17
Most Famous Indie Role: The Spectacular Now

Lorelei Linklater

Miss Independent Spirit: 11 Actresses Who Embody 'Indie Spirit'| Independent Spirit Awards 2014, Individual Class, Brie Larson, Elizabeth Olsen, Gabourey Sidibe, Mia Wasikowska, Quvenzhane Wallis

Lorelei Linklater

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Age: 20
Most Famous Indie Role: Lorelei will appear in her first major role in director Richard Linklater's (her dad) new film Boyhood

The 86th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, airs Sunday, March 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.



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