Yesterday was the Independent Spirit Awards, indy-film's answer to the Academy Awards.
Sarah Silverman, a lovely and spectacularly crude comic, hosted the awards with just the right amount of snark and filth (a somewhat difficult act to pull off). She discussed how the Independent Spirit Awards recognize the work of struggling artists, "such as Ang Lee and George Clooney".
She proceeded to describe how her vagina "smells like a mountain breeze." Then the AMC network bleeped a full 8 seconds of her followup joke...it must have been a good one.
She pointed out a bunch of actors in the audience, then went "Oh my god, there's Felicity Huffman...I'm such a big fan of his."
Best Supporting Actress - The simply adorable Amy Adams, "Junebug"
Best Screenplay - Dan Futterman, "Capote"
Best Documentary - "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"
Best First Feature - "Grand Canyon"...er, no, I mean "Crash"; I'm always confusing them.
Best Female Lead - Felicity Huffman, "Transamerica"; her performance justified the recognition...she's a creepily convincing pre-op tranny.
Kevin Smith presented for Best Director, and he didn't fail to deliver laughs:
"I know we're here to honor the nominees, but I'd like to give a shout out to our host, Sarah Silverman...'cause finally, there's an award show host you'd wanna fuck!" (huge laugh)
"Kinda like Jon Stewart...I could see myself getting all Heath Ledger on him," (spits in his hand) "you know, that kinda thing."
He then went on to recall his last appearance at the awards, eight years ago when he won for "Chasing Amy", and how that night he boned his future wife for the very first time. Call him what you will, but Smith's a romantic at heart.
Ang Lee won for Brokeback Mountain, and Lee graciously accepted the award from Smith with the remark, "Now that's a director!"
Philip Seymour Hoffman won Best Actor for "Capote", although it had to be a close call between him, David Straighthorn ("Good Night and Good Luck") and Heath Ledger ("Brokeback Mountain").
Best Feature was (no surprise) "Brokeback Mountain", which has been mislabeled as the "gay cowboy" movie; it's much more accurately described as a tragic love story...
Next up: The Academy Awards!
OSCARS UPDATE: I totally knew "March of the Penguins" would beat "Murderball" for Best Documentary. See my post from December 16th about that. "March of the Penguins" was cute and heartwarming, but c'mon, it's only about BIRDS! "Murderball" is about people who have overcome staggering disabilities to reclaim their self worth. "March..." was good and all, but it was made by French people.
French people made "Irreversable" too. If you've never seen it, take my advice, DON'T! Sick bastards. That's a movie I wish I'd never seen. Who knows, maybe they tortured the penguins to death as soon as the cameras were turned off.
Actually, I have nothing against the French. It's just kind of funny how pissed off they get when you make fun of them.
Philip Seymour Hoffman snagged Best Actor, "Crash" was arguably the Best Picture, Reese Witherspoon was a dark horse yet won Best Actress, Ang Lee deservedly got Best Director, Rachel Weisz won a Supporting Oscar for "The Constant Gardener", although her character could have technically been catagorized as a starring role, and George Clooney, who clearly was having a good time tonight, won Best Supporting Actor for his work in "Syriana".
He commented when he won his award early in the evening, "I guess now I'm out of the running for best director."