Spirit Awards: The Most Memorable Moments

5:49 PM 2/25/2017

by Kaeli Wells and Farnoush Amiri

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's rendition of Salt-N-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex" and Molly Shannon's 'Superstar' pose were among the night's most memorable moments.

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On Saturday, the Independent Spirit Awards ceremony featured many memorable moments, including a politically fueled opening monologue by hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, which including a rendition of Salt-N-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex," Kerry Washington's speech while presenting the best screenplay for Moonlight, and Molly Shannon's superstar pose while on stage accepting the award for best supporting actress for her role in Other People

  • Hosts' John Mulaney & Nick Kroll's Opening Monologue

    The actor/comedians started off the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards with a comedic and politically fueled opening monologue. Kroll and Mulaney were self-deprecating as they called out multiple celebs, some who were present and even the ones who didn't make it to the tent on the Santa Monica pier, where the awards show was being held. Kroll said, "This year I was in Jeff Nichols' beautiful film Loving." To which Mulaney responded, "And I self-taped an audition for Sully."

    The evenings' hosts also called out President Trump's Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. Kroll said, "We like to think of [the Spirit Awards] as the ones without Mel Gibson. How long would it take Hollywood to forgive someone for anti-Semitic hate speech?" Mulaney replied, "Eight years, so look out for the 2024 Oscars when the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award goes to Steve Bannon." After bashing on Bannon, Kroll and Mulaney moved on to call out Shia LaBeouf, Samuel L. Jackson, who weren't present. The comedic duo ended their almost 10-minute monologue with an award show rendition of Salt-N-Pepa's "Let's Talk About Sex."

  • "Non-Memoriam" Tribute

    Hosts Kroll and Mulaney decided to take the task of presenting an "In Memoriam" segment at Saturday's show and make it a Non-Memoriam by highlighting all the actors and actresses that are still "alive and kickin.'" While Andy Samberg gave his "bad Eddie Vedder impression," while singing Pearl Jam's "Alive," photos of Hailee Steinfeld, Captain Fantastic's Viggo Mortensen, Matt Damon and Craig Robinson appeared. The skit ended with an empty chair where Casey Affleck once sat and Fred Armisen showing up on the screen, appearing to be "dead." 

  • 'Spa Night' Speech

    The John Cassavetes Award is given each year at the Spirit Awards to the best feature made for under half a million dollars. This year that award was presented to Spa Night writer and director Andrew Ahn. The young director took to the stage to accept his prestigious award and said, “This is so meaningful that this award is going to a film about a Korean-American immigrant family about queer, Korean-American people. Now more than ever it is so important that we support stories to by and about communities that are marginalized, that we tell stories about immigrants, about Muslims, women, and people of color. Film is such a powerful tool and humanizing these communities so that we can’t be pushed aside." 

  • Independent Technical Film Spirit Awards

    The Spirit Awards hosts decided to give a glimpse into their pretend Independent Technical Film Spirit Awards where they presented best tiny college intern whose sole job is to "block all pedestrian traffic on a busy New York City street." They also presented the first ever head scratcher award to, "that production assistant who somehow drives a Tesla." 

  • Barry Jenkins' Best Screenplay Speech

    While accepting the award for best screenplay, Barry Jenkins dropped the F-bomb during his thank you to producer, Adele Romanski. The director said "Everybody knows now that it's been 12 years since I've made feature. When I wanted to get off and write the Adele Romanski told me to get the F— up off my couch, get out of the country and go write. And that's what I did." Moonlight won all six awards tonight that it was nominated for, making it the most wins for a film in the past decade. 

  • Molly Shannon's 'Superstar' Pose

    At the end of Molly Shannon's best supporting actress speech for Other People, the SNL alum took us back to 1999 when she first showed off her Superstar pose.

  • Kerry Washington Presents the Robert Altman Award

    During her presentation of the Robert Altman Award, Kerry Washington and Moonlight fan pauses to tell the audience, "Oh dear Lord, I do love this movie" before choking up and returning to her speech, which presented the prestigious award to the cast of Moonlight, who took home six awards at the Spirit Awards Saturday afternoon.

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