John Mulaney & Nick Kroll Slam Trump, Mel Gibson, and Hollywood at Independent Spirit Awards
The day before the Oscars, Hollywood’s elite gather to honor films with budgets under $20 million, which, believe it or not, qualifies as “indie.” The Spirit Awards are meant to be an off-kilter counter balance to the Oscars, and this year, hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll delivered a hilarious and bizarre opening that nailed the tone for the event.
In a highly political year, the duo best known for the Oh, Hello sketches and Broadway show took plenty of shots at the Trump administration. They also reserved some self-aware cracks at Hollywood’s politics (“If this room leaned any further to the left, we would literally topple into the Pacific”), and their own irrelevance (“These are the Spirit Awards, so in terms of impact, you could deliver your speech directly into camera, or you could whisper it to yourself in the bathroom”).
Moonlight led the night, winning six awards, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. It’s main Oscars competition, La La Land, was ineligible for the Spirit Awards.