Indie Spirits Bring The Fun, ‘F-ck You,’ And Find ‘Lost’ Maggie Gyllenhaal A Lot of Wins

After a two year absence due to the pandemic, Independent Spirit Awards are back and bigger than ever with hosts Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally
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For 30 years out of its 37-year-old existence, the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards were held under a jumbo white tent in the heart of Santa Monica Beach, just adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier. The awards are not only held geographically far from Hollywood, but are also the least “Hollywood” of awards shows in terms of overall ambience. The films that qualify for nomination are relatively low budget projects made outside of the Hollywood system.

After being cancelled two years in a row due to the pandemic, the arrivals at the Indie Spirits’ pre-show cocktail party had more of a buzz than usual. Despite a brisk chill in the air on a sunny L.A. Sunday, strict health restrictions and a slew of traffic-slowed shuttle buses dropping off guests. Irreverent and highly comedic married actors Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally hosted the show with plenty of wit, sarcasm and sex jokes. They even inserted themselves into a clip from Best Documentary winner Summer of Soul as a white musical duo who, via fluke or flub, performed at the historic 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival.

There was plenty of pro-Ukrainian spirit at the show: Offerman and Mullaly offered a “F-you and go home” to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the “quick and peaceful resolution we’re talking about.” In a virtual appearance, Best Supporting Actress winner Ruth Negga asked for “solidarity with Ukraine,” while presenter Javier Bardem asked the live and TV audience to donate to the victims “of this senseless act of aggression.” Many attendees at the show were also sporting the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag.

In the colorful crowd on the blue carpet were Maggie Gyllenhaal and husband Peter Sarsgaard, Regina Hall, Rosario Dawson, Marlee Matlin, Michelle Yeoh, Sebastian Stan, Sydney Sweeney, Questlove, Colman Domingo, Barry Jenkins, Helen Hunt, Jessica Beals, Bob Odenkirk, Mark and Jay Duplass and Kanye’s former squeeze Julia Fox, milking her “Uncut jaaaayyyhms” moment for all the attention she could get. She was showing mega skin in her cutaway bra gown with that newest of fashion erotic zones: major hip cleavage.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard at The Independent Spirit Awards

Netflix, who racked up 27 Oscar nominations this year with 12 nods for Power of the Dog alone, is already having a very good awards season. But with just three weeks to go until  the Oscars, it already got better. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial and screenwriting debut, The Lost Daughter, won Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Feature for the film. The movie was adapted from the book by the same name from by lauded Italian novelist, Elena Ferrante. Netflix also snagged an award in the television category for Squid Game‘s Lee Jung-jae, who won Best Male Performance . The Indie Spirit marks Jung-jae’s second win this season after last weekend’s Screen Actors’ Guild Award. CODA’s Troy Kotsur also picked up his second award in one week for Best Supporting Male. He’s now the Oscar favorite, running neck-and-neck with Power of the Dog’s Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Here all the winners in both the film and television categories.

FILM:

BEST FEATURE:  The Lost Daughter, Netflix

BEST FEMALE LEAD:  Taylour Paige, Zola

BEST MALE LEAD:   Simon Rex, Red Rocket 

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE:   Ruth Negga, Passing

BEST SUPPORTING MALE:  Troy Kotsur, CODA

BEST DIRECTOR: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

BEST SCREENPLAY:  Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

BEST FIRST FEATURE: 7 Days

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY: Michael Sarnoski and Vanessa Block, Pig

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD:  Shiva Baby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Edu Grau, Passing

BEST EDITING: Joi McMillion, Zola

BEST DOCUMENTARY: Summer of Soul, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM: Drive My Car, Japan

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD:  Mass, Fran Kranz

PRODUCERS AWARD: Lizzie Shapiro

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD:  Alex Camilleri, Luzzo

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD: Jessica Beshir, Faya Dayi

TELEVISION:

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN A NEW SCRIPTED SERIES: Reservation Dogs

BEST NEW SCRIPTED SERIES: Reservation Dogs

BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A NEW SCRIPTED SERIES:  Thuso Mbedu, The Underground Railroad

BEST MALE PERFORMANCE IN A NEW SCRIPTED SERIES: Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game

BEST NEW NON-SCRIPTED OR DOCUMENTARY SERIES: Black and Missing

Despite the anti-mainstream spirit of the Indie Spirits—on the beach, during the day, in a tent with a boxed lunch of cheese, crackers and hummus—many awards-show-deprived female attendees were spotted in skin-baring evening gowns, while the men tended toward suits in tropical and jewel tones. Let’s face it, a guy in an understated classic black suit doesn’t cut it anyway. Presenter Daisy Edgar-Jones’ flimsy black sheer bra cut-out gown showing lots of skin could barely keep her warm, while presenter Lily James’ Milanese label Del Core pink pouf-sleeved off the shoulder bra top and high-waisted black pants showed a lot of shoulder and taught stomach muscles. Winner Maggie Gyllenhaal was prepared for beachy chill in a black two piece long sleeved jewel-encrusted jacket (with a peekaboo lace bra and a hint of underboob) and skirt by Gucci. Honorary Chair of the event Kristen Stewart went practical in a white Chanel jumpsuit with black racing stripes, looking quite appropriate at the beach.

Lily James in Del Core at The Independent Spirit Awards

Presenter Daveed Diggs kept up his growing fashion-plate status in a pastel madras plaid three piece Moschino suit with pastel plaid matching leather shoes. Taika Waititi’s two piece was in bright L.A. big orange silk, while presenter Andrew Garfield donned a sharp purple jacket over a lavender shirt and burgundy pants.

Daveed Diggs in Moschino