The Spirit Awards are my favorite of the awards shows, just because everyone is so uncensored. No one was more uncensored than the evening’s master of ceremonies Sarah Silverman. In the first five minutes she spoke “with her vagina” and simulated fucking a block of cheese. The musical numbers are always hilarious as well, although I honestly don’t know what to think of Neil Patrick Harris’ bloody armed number?
In the end, the show was all about the awards independent film. “Little Miss Sunshine” won best picture along with three other awards at the ceremony, including Alan Arkin’s win for Best Supporting Actor.
The lead-acting Spirit Awards went to the stars of another Oscar contender, the classroom drama “Half Nelson.”
Ryan Gosling played an inspiring teacher battling a severe drug habit and Shareeka Epps won for her role as a bright student who becomes both his protege and counselor.
Gosling had a best-actor Oscar nomination for “Half Nelson,” which also debuted at Sundance last year.
A third Sundance premiere, “Friends With Money,” took the supporting-actress Spirit Award for Frances McDormand as a fashion designer who finds that wealth does not necessarily buy happiness.
The complete list of winners is after the jump.
Best Feature: Little Miss Sunshine
Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking)
Best First Feature: Sweet Land
Best First Screenplay: Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine)
John Cassavetes Award (For the Best Feature made for under $500,000): QuinceaÃ±era Best Supporting Female: Frances McDormand (Friends With Money)
Best Supporting Male: Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine)
Best Female Lead: Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson)
Best Male Lead: Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson)
Best Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth)
Best Foreign Film: The Lives of Others
Best Documentary: The Road to Guantanamo