Spirit Awards 2015: 5 Best Quotes

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When independent filmmakers have something to say, they say it.

Since their inception, the Independent Spirit Awards have been a looser, goosier counterpart to the Academy Awards. In 30 years of honoring artist-driven films, the Spirit Awards have gained in stature, but the Saturday afternoon presentation has yet to be draped in the mantle of gravitas that tends to cloak presenters and accepters on Oscar night.

Off-the-cuff candor that would never survive a self-edit at an Academy Awards podium is highlight reel material on Saturdays in Santa Monica. That's as good a reason as any to tune in.

For the Academy’s consideration: Five of the best lines from the Independent Spirit Awards 2015.

Ethan Hawke had the first best line of the afternoon, taking the spotlight to present best supporting actress: “I feel like I should break into song. I feel like there should be a podium. I feel extremely vulnerable right now, and I wish I didn’t come.”

Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis raised the second full-tent laugh with a spirited exchange before presenting for best first screenplay.

Wiig: “What we admire about everyone here today is their independence. As well as their spirit.”

Galifianakis: “But especially their independence, which is brought to you by —

Wiig: “Piaget.”

Galifianakis: “The Lincoln Motor Company.”

Wiig: “Bank of America.”

Galifianakis: “American Airlines.”

Wiig: “Heinekin.”

Galifianakis: “And the Republican Party.”

Paul Thomas Anderson, accepting the Robert Altman Award for Inherent Vice, dropped an F-bomb on the Wiig and Galifianakis commodification riff: “Don’t fly American Airlines, man. They will f—ing lose your luggage. It happened to me. Seriously.”

Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller accepting the special distinction award: “Paul Thomas Anderson just asked me to read something. He feels bad about what he said. ‘I said some bad things. I feel bad. I was trying to exhibit my independent spirit. And I thought if I wore a flannel shirt and said a bad word, you would love me more. And my apologies to American Airlines. It was actually United.’”

Michael Keaton capped off the afternoon's candor, accepting for best male lead for his performance in Birdman: “I think we’d all be remiss if we didn’t take a moment and thank Narcissus right now. He doesn’t get enough of a shout out in my opinion. And that award — the mirror thing? — is just genius.”

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