The love was spread around at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with critical darlings such as "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing", "Missouri", "Lady Bird", "Call Me by Your Name", "Mudbound", "I, Tonya", and "The Big Sick" all getting time to shine Saturday afternoon on the sands of Santa Monica, Calif.
If the Oscars are the wedding, then the Independent Spirit Awards are the rehearsal: They take place the day before, are far more casual, and play host to many of the same attendees. Guests aren’t the only thing the two ceremonies have in common: For four of the past five years, the Spirit Awards have also named the same best picture winner as the Academy, with top honors at both going to Spotlight (in 2016), Birdman (in 2015), 12 Years a Slave (in 2014), and The Artist (in 2012). This year, the dominant force at the Spirit Awards — held Saturday afternoon in a massive beachside tent in Santa Monica and cohosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney — was Barry Jenkins’ gorgeous coming-of-age drama Moonlight.
For a sampling of what you might expect at Saturday’s 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards, look no further than our Facebook Live interview with its hilarious cohosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (watch above).
The acclaimed Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea had expectedly strong showings Tuesday as the nominations were announced for the 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards. While it’s unsurprising to see indie faves Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Jackie, and American Honey compete for the best picture prize, there is one wild card here: the little-known drama Chronic.
The 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards — or Oscar’s more casual cousin, as they’ve long been known — will go down Saturday afternoon in a massive tent set up on the shores of Santa Monica.