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10 Must-See Moments From the 2016 Spirit Awards

Check out highlights from the only awards show that matters.

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The 2016 Spirit Awards have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive all the fun. Hosts Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani supplied the laughs, while wins for everyone from Tangerine star Mya Taylor to the crew from the Oscar-winning Spotlight proved that the Spirit Awards comprise the best of the year in film. Take a look at the winners list here, and check out some highlights from Saturday’s show below.

1. Kate McKinnon as Carol

Kate and Kumail traveled back to the 1950s for a perfect spoof of the acclaimed Todd Haynes drama. Who knew Kate had a Cate Blanchett impression in her comedic arsenal? Actually, we’re not surprised. Kate can do everything.


2. Mya Taylor’s amazing acceptance speech.

Tangerine‘s Mya Taylor broke new ground by becoming the first transgender woman to win a major acting award. Her speech also broke Twitter with its awesome-ness.


3. Abraham Attah’s win for Beasts of No Nation.

Can that smile be bottled and sold? We could really use some of it right now.


4. Brie Larson proclaiming her love for independent film.

Brie Larson accepted the Best Female Lead award for her gut-wrenching performance in Room, and reminded us once again why the Spirit Awards are better than the Oscars.


5. Cate Blanchett getting frisky with Rooney Mara.

Cate got hands-y with her Carol costar, and everyone naturally went nuts. You can probably thank the free-flowing booze for this moment. Maybe they should call it the Spirits Awards.


6. Idris Elba bringing Abraham Attah onstage.

Idris Elba’s much-deserved win for Best Supporting Male Lead got 100% more awww-worthy when he brought up his Beasts of No Nation costar and human ray of sunshine Abraham Attah to accept the award with him. Here’s hoping this duo teams up for a remake of Freaky Friday.


7. Kate and Kumail are stuck in the Room.

The show kicked off with a hilarious spoof of Room featuring Kate in the Brie Larson role and Kumail channeling Jacob Tremblay and his unique hair.


8. Jacob Tremblay meets Falcon.

Speaking of Tremblay, he stole the Internet’s heart when he presented with Anthony Mackie and mistook the actor for his superhero counterpart. Hey, Marvel — we’ve found Falcon’s new sidekick.


9. The team from Spotlight win Best Feature.

Director Tom McCarthy and the rest of the Spotlight team took the Best Feature award a day before their Best Picture win at the Oscars. Yep, we’re psychic.


10. Kate McKinnon goes “HAM” on some ham (and Paul Dano).

Kate’s enthusiastic Kickstarter backer loves two things: her bag full of ham and putting the moves on her crush Paul “sad-eyed sex machine” Dano.

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Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

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