Forget The Oscars: Nick Kroll & John Mulaney *Killed* At The Spirit Awards

"Now, some of you might take the opportunity, today, to make a political statement in your speech", Kroll later added.

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.

Isabelle Huppert won Best Female Lead for "Elle", while Casey Affleck won Best Male Lead for "Manchester by the Sea" and he used his speech to lash out at President Donald Trump's administration.

The Cassavettes Award, which honours the best feature made for less than $500,000 U.S. went to Andrew Ahn's Korean gay-immigrant drama Spa Night. "So I will say that I think Moonlight exists as this beacon of inclusivity, as this version of America as valid as any red state".

- After "Toni Erdmann", the German dramedy, won for best global film, its director, Maren Ade, said from the stage, "I'm really happy and proud to stand here as a female director, because it's still not normal enough".

Moonlight was made for $1.5m (£1.2m) over 25 days - but has now recouped $21.5m (£17.3m) at the North American box office. And while I could keep listing out everything they said at the Independent Spirit Awards and you could chuckle while reading along, there's really no substitute for watching the two in action, so you can - and should! - do that now. It won best first feature and best first screenplay and backstage writer-director Robert Eggers explained the challenges of the remote location. "It also edifies us".

I don't trust or love anyone.

Best supporting actor went to Ben Foster for David Mackenzie's neo-Western "Hell or High Water" while Molly Shannon won the supporting actress prize for playing a mother with cancer in Chris Kelly's comedy drama "Other People".

"We're not in a bubble". We are in a tent, filled with fringe artists on a California beach. "We are part of this great country, and we are undeniable".

That is until Fred Armisen faked his own death at before being carried out. The distributor also earned a massive amount of combined nominations for other 2016 films: Swiss Army Man, American Honey, Morris from America and 20 Century Women.

  • Salvatore Jensen