Actress Scarlett Johansson attends the 18th IFP Independent Spirit Awards

18th Annual Independent Spirit Awards

MARCH 22, 2003 – SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
On The Beach
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With Operation Iraqi Freedom, the invasion of Iraq, having launched just three days prior, the 18th Annual Independent Spirit Awards (known today as the Film Independent Spirit Awards) became a call for peace from many of those in attendance.

Producer/director Joe Carnahan was among those who flashed the peace sign.

Producer/director Joe Carnahan attends the 18th IFP Independent Spirit Awards
Producer/director Joe Carnahan

Held the day before the Oscars® on the beach in Santa Monica, the Spirit Awards is known as a place to relax and have some fun at end of the long Awards Season. The dress code, and mood, is casual, as shown by Jennifer Aniston and then husband Brad Pitt.

Actors Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt attend the 18th IFP Independent Spirit Awards
(L-R) Actors Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt

Scarlett Johansson added a burst of hot pink color as she made her way down the blue carpet.

Actress Scarlett Johansson attends the 18th IFP Independent Spirit Awards
Actress Scarlett Johansson

While Juliette Lewis chose bright cherry red for her accent color.

Actress Juliette Lewis attends the 18th IFP Independent Spirit Awards
Actress Juliette Lewis

Having delivered the keynote address to the 1999 Spirit Awards, and hosting them in 2001 and 2002 (also again in 2004), this was a year for legendary Hollywood actor/writer/director John Waters to simply enjoy the show.

Director John Waters attends the 18th IFP Independent Spirit Awards
Director John Waters

Mena Suvari seemed like she came to the beach ready to play!

Actress Mena Suvari attends the 18th IFP Independent Spirit Awards
Actress Mena Suvari

Matt Dillon delivered his best leading man look!

Actor Matt Dillon attends the 18th IFP Independent Spirit Awards
Actor Matt Dillon

Also in attendance were America FerreraAllesandro Nivola, Amanda Peet, Amy Smart, Brittany Murphy, Chris Cooper, Christina RicciCarrie-Anne Moss, Dawn Hudson, Danny HustonDiego LunaErika Christensen, Elvis Costello with his fiancée Diana Krall, Elizabeth Peña, Gael García BernalIlleana DouglasJennifer BealsJill Hennessy, Jacqueline Kim, Joshua LeonardJulianne NicholsonJoe Pantoliano, Jeremy RennerJennifer TillyJennifer Westfeldt, John C. Reilly, Kimberly J. Brown, Lili Taylor, Leonor Watling, Lesley Ann Warren, Maria BelloMinnie DriverMaggie GyllenhaalMolly ParkerPatricia ClarksonPatty HearstPeter WellerRobert Duvall with his soon to be wife Luciana PedrazaRoger Ebert, Roselyn SanchezSissy SpacekThora BirchTaye DiggsWillie GarsonWilliam H. Macy and Yolanda Ross.

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