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The Best and Worst Moments of the Spirit Awards 2023 – The Hollywood Reporter


The 38th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards brought smiles, laughter and tears from the presenters, winners, hosts and audience all night long. Comedian Hasan Minhaj jokes about not broadcasting the concert Everything everywhere at once Dominating yet another award show and Quinta Bronson dedicating her award to aspiring kids who “make a video on TikTok,” here are some of the most memorable moments of the night.

Hasan Minhaj laughing at IFC’s non-broadcast gala

Hasan Minhaj took his talent to the beach on Saturday for the first time as host of the Spirit Awards. “For those of you wondering, I certainly don’t make as much as Jerrod Carmichael did when he hosted the Golden Globes,” Minhaj began his opening monologue. “Not even close. I literally make 1/1000th of what he makes. They just handed me a Starbucks gift card, and they were like, “Hey man, just use what’s left on it.” He went on to joke that instead of broadcasting the Spirit Awards as they do every year, the IFC chose to broadcast it. Semi-professional, a film that Minhaj said lost money at the box office and has a 22 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Read more here. – Christy Peña

Wipe “everything everywhere at once”

Everything everywhere at once It was the biggest winner, winning seven awards out of eight nominations. The genre-bending thriller won Best Picture, Michelle Yeoh won Best Performance, Stephanie Hsu won Best Performance, and Ke Huy Quan won Best Supporting Performance, beating out its co-star Jamie Lee Curtis. Filmmaking duo Daniels also won Best Screenplay and Best Director, while Paul Rogers won Best Editing for the film. Through tears, Yoh said, “Daniels, my children, thank you for writing such a wonderful script that gave us the opportunity to be here to be seen in order to hear them. And I want to dedicate this to all our mothers. Without our mothers, none of us would be here. … Thank you.” To all of you for believing in us and giving us a seat at the table. And to all the little girls and boys who look like us and think it’s possible, thank you.” Read more here. – Beatrice Verhoeven

Stephanie Hsu hopes this breakthrough spirit prize will protect ‘disturbing science’

Stephanie Hsu won Breakthrough Performance honoring the best performer of the year in independent filmmaking. Speaking, with tears, she said, “I come from the world of experimental theater downtown, which is one of the largest [sources of pride] To be from this community, and to know how to make something out of nothing. This is the first individual award I’ve ever received, and it’s so fitting to be in this room. … I’d like to thank A24 for keeping indie films hot and alive. She added, “One of my favorite moments was when we were doing one of the last scenes in the movie, where the family was going to the bagel and they were in a huge hallway and there were papers flying everywhere… every one every crew member and every member of the cast was kneeling on Ride them and pick each piece of paper to help set up for the next shot so we have time to play.” Read more here. – Hilton Dresden

Quinta Bronson is dedicating an award to aspiring kids on TikTok

The award for Best Performance in a New Scripted Series went to Quinta Brunson for her role in it Abbott Elementary. Bronson went on to reminisce about how she got her start in the industry and dedicate the award to other inspiring creators and children. “I’m very used to making Instagram videos without anything on my phone,” she added. “I want to dedicate this award to any kid who is out there right now making a video on TikTok and telling the rest of the kids that you probably won’t win a prize anywhere. If you care about it enough and respect the craft and the craft is important to you and believe in it and study it, this little TikTok video… I hope you know that with enough care in your profession, you can win an award. So thank you guys very much.” Read more here. – Christy PeñaAnd Carly Thomas

Women dominate as acting winners in the first ever gender-neutral ceremony

The Independent Spirit Awards has become the latest awards ceremony to hand out awards in gender-neutral acting categories. At the Celebration of Independent Film and Television in Santa Monica, three women and one man won in the lead and supporting acting categories, which combined Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actress/Actress. Each category included 10 candidates. One of this year’s acting winners is Quinta Bronson, who won Best Leading Performance in a New Series Written for Abbott Elementary She said during her acceptance speech that she was in a gender-neutral category. “It’s kind of tight, up there with your peers,” she said. Read more here. – Christy PeñaAnd Hilary Lewis

The “Bear” team thanks the restaurants upon accepting the honor

foreign currency The bear It won Best New Scripted Series, beating out fellow nominees Bear, Pachinko, Porter, Severance And Eleventh station. Marcel the projectile with shoes Star Jenny Slate W Succession Superstar Nicholas Brown presented the award on stage in Santa Monica. The bear, created by Christopher Storer, follows a struggling Chicago kitchen staff as they try to revamp their menu. honor acceptance, bear The team said, “It’s really special to be doing the show in Chicago. Thanks to the entire restaurant community, we couldn’t do it without you.” [Thank you to the] In front of the house, behind the house, all the chefs, the restaurateurs.” Read more here. – Hilton Dresden

Find a full list of 2023 Spirit Award winners here.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.