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Nick Kroll & John Mulaney's hilarious monologue at the Independent Spirit Awards

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney's hilarious monologue at the Independent Spirit Awards

Now, thanks to a unique collaboration with American Airlines - the official airline and premiere sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards - and Film Independent, next year's Spirit Awards will be even more diverse than ever. But for those of us who only catch snippets or highlights of acceptance speeches on social media, it can be hard to understand its place in the overall award scene. The award is presented to the creative team of a film with a budget under $500,000. And Emma Stone, predicted by many to win the best-actress Oscar, was not among the Spirit Award nominees.

At least, that'd make sense, considering the perfection that was Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's opening monologue at the Film Independent Spirit 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. Casey Affleck won best actor, for "Manchester by the Sea"; Isabelle Huppert, best actress for "Elle"; and Ben Foster, best supporting actor for "Hell or High Water".

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, who star in Oh, Hello on Broadway, are set to host this year's awards.




"The policies of this administration are abhorrent and will not last. We're in a tent", said Kroll, referring to the Spirits' Santa Monica, Calif., home.

Among the categories, Oscar Best Picture noms Moonlight from A24 and Manchester By The Sea from Amazon and Roadside Attractions up for Best Feature today. "If this room leaned any further to the left, we would literally topple into the Pacific Ocean".

While the Indie Spirits consider only those films made for $20 million or less, the Gothams restrict eligibility to American films with a distributor that were made with "a economy of means".

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