The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards were handed out on Oscar eve, March 3, during a lively ceremony presided over by the comedy team of Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. These long-time comedy collaborators returned to host the 33rd Indie Spirits after a well-received turn at the podium last year.
Many Academy Awards hopefuls are in contention for these prizes bestowed by Film Independent. Luca Guadagnino‘s romance “Call Me by Your Name” has a leading six nominations and was locked in a tight race for Best Picture with Jordan Peele‘s horror satire “Get Out,” which won. Also in the hunt was Greta Gerwig‘s coming-of-age memoir “Lady Bird” is in the mix as well. The two Oscar frontrunners — “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” — were inexplicably snubbed in this top race.
As we predicted “Three Billboards” won the same acting awards that it is tipped to take at the Oscars for leading lady Frances McDormand and supporting player Sam Rockwell. With Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) not in the running here, Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) claimed Best Actor. Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) picked up another supporting actress prize. And while Peele won for directing “Get Out,” he was edged out of the writing race by another multi-hyphenate, Gerwig.
4:30 p.m. As our odds predicted, “Get Out” won Best Picture. The last four winners of this category — “12 Years a Slave,” “Birdman,” “Spotlight” and “Moonlight” — all went on to win the top Academy Award.
4:20 p.m. John Hamm and Sarah Silverman present Best Actress to Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards”) who has gone three for four with these awards over the years, winning for “Fargo” (1997) and “Friends with Money” (2007) and losing for “Laurel Canyon” (2004). She reminded the crowd that this affair used to be a lot less snazzy and suggested that it return to those days with the leftover money used for making movies.
4:10 p.m. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Danai Gurira reveal that Chalamet won Best Actor over, among others, his Oscar rival Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”).
4:00 p.m. Spike Lee, who won Best First Feature here 31 years ago for “She’s Gotta Have It,” gave the Best Director award to Peele, who won for his first directing effort, the blockbuster hit “Get Out.” Peele is also nominated for Best Director at the Oscars but that prize is expected to go to Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water,” which was roundly snubbed here.
3:55 p.m. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who star in the IFC hit “Portlandia,” present the Best Documentary award to “Faces Places,” which is tipped to take home the Oscar too.
3:45 p.m. Chalamet and Margot Robbie present Best Supporting Actor to Oscar frontrunner Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards”).
3:35 p.m. Another surprise when Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried reveal that Greta Gerwig won Best Screenplay for “Lady Bird” over, among others, Jordan Peele for “Get Out” and Martin McDonagh for “Three Billboards.” All three are in the running in the Original Screenplay race at the Oscars.
3:25 p.m. Silly comedy bit #3 as another “SNL” alum, Andy Samberg, dons hair and makeup to look like Judd Nelson‘s character in “The Breakfast Club” to make merry with the idea of losing indie stars like Chalamet to big studio features by singing special lyrics to “Don’t You Forget About Me.”
3:20 p.m. Janelle Monae, who was part of the cast of “Moonlight” which won the Robert Atlman Ensemble Award last year, presents that prize to the players of “Mudbound.”
3:10 p.m. Ben Mendelsohn and Lena Waithe, who feature in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming “Ready Player One,” present Best First Screenplay to Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon for “The Big Sick.”
3:05 p.m. One hour in and four awards handed out with 14 more to go. John Cho and Kathryn Hahn announce that Oscar nominee Tatiana S. Riegel won Best Film Editing for cutting “I, Tonya.” While she had won the ACE Eddie on the comedy side, “Get Out” was tipped to take this award.
2:50 p.m. Jason Clarke and Salma Hayek, who is a Best Actress nominee for “Beatriz at Dinner,” reveal that the International Film award goes to “A Fantastic Woman,” the Chilean film that is a contender at the Oscars too. Its star, Daniela Vega, is set to make Academy Awards history as the first openly transgender person to present.
2:40 p.m. Elizabeth Olsen and Robert Pattinson presented the John Cassavetes Award to “Life and nothing more.” This prize, named in honor of the late filmmaker, is given to an outstanding feature made for less than $500,000. One of the other nominees was “A Ghost Story,” which starred last year’s Best Actor Oscar winner Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
2:35 p.m. Silly comedy bit #2: Kristen Wiig wigged out as silent film starlet who is still hoping for her big break.
2:25 p.m. After a painfully long comedy bit that fell flat, Lil Rel Howery and Kumail Nanjiani announced that “Ingrid Goes West” had won Best First Feature. It also contends for Best First Screenplay against, among others Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon for “The Big Sick.”
2:15 p.m. Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”) picked up another Best Supporting Actress award on her march to the Oscars. This was the last hope for Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) who was the early frontrunner. But don’t feel too bad for Metcalf as her career is red-hot, with an upcoming turn on Broadway opposite two-time Oscar champ Glenda Jackson in Edward Albee‘s “Three Tall Women” and a return to the role in “Roseanne” that won her three Emmys.
2:10 p.m. Kroll and Mulaney went over big with a savage opening monologue that took no prisoners as it slayed the likes of fallen giants Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
1:55 pm: Prior to the show going live, “Lady Bird” scene stealer Beanie Feldstein (Jonah Hill‘s little sister) announced that Sayombhu Mukdeeprom had won Best Cinematography for “Call Me by Your Name.”
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