But the day before in Santa Monica, Calif., right under a tent on the beach, independent filmmakers get together for a far more casual, relaxed and amusing affair to celebrate their accomplishments at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
"26 de febrero de 2017, 08:40Los Ángeles, Feb 26 (Prensa Latina) On the eve of the Oscars, the Film Independent Spirit Awards winners have been announced, Barry Jenkins" phenomenal Moonlight sweeping six awards.
When all was said and done, Moonlight ended up winning every single award it was nominated for, including Best Editing, Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and the Robert Altman Award, which honors the work of an acting ensemble. Under attack from President Donald Trump, "the media" got a shout-out from Film Independent president Josh Walsh before the televised version of the show.
That's because the Spirit Awards, which once went 24 years without ever having the same best picture victor as the Oscars, and 26 years with only one duplicate victor, has in the last five years gotten positively Oscar-happy. But if "Moonlight", nominated for eight Oscars including best picture, is to pull off the upset Sunday, it has some history on its side. American Airlines and Film Independent officials said they hope the new award will "shine a spotlight on women so they can have more opportunities to shine on their own".
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The awards show, held a day before the Academy Awards, celebrates films with budgets of $20 million or less.
As for the job that Nick Kroll and John Mulaney did as hosts, they proved once again that they are performers with multiple skill sets. Just as Affleck wasn't up against Oscar favorite Denzel Washington in best actor, the best actress category was missing Emma Stone of "La La Land".
Other winners included Other People star Molly Shannon who scooped the award for Best Supporting Actress, with Hell or High Water actor Ben Foster nabbing Best Supporting Actor.
And the best documentary award went to "OJ: Made in America", which is an Academy Award nominee.