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'Moonlight' Cleans Up At The Independent Spirit Awards

'Moonlight' Cleans Up At The Independent Spirit Awards”

Saturday was the Film Independent Spirit Awards and this year's roster of independent film nominees included plenty of depressing cinematic themes and storylines. But for those of us who only catch snippets or highlights of acceptance speeches on social media, it can be hard to understand its place in the overall award scene.

Let's first point out what the outlet had to say about the past three Independent Spirit Awards winners that, subsequently, went on to win Oscars the very next night.

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Film Independent, which sponsors the awards for films costing less than $20 million to make, reported that the film won six awards - in every category in which it was nominated.

"The policies of this administration are abhorrent and will not last", said Affleck, accepting his award.

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Oh, Hello comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll opened the 32 Spirit Awards with a monologue that poked fun at Mel Gibson, Donald Trump and Steve Bannon.

The film is competing for eight Oscars, including Best Picture. The cast of Moonlight has already won the Robert Altman Award for Best Ensemble, making the cast ineligible for the acting categories. It became a reality, though, over the course of an afternoon beneath a giant white tent on the beach near the Santa Monica Pier. And as Kroll pointed out, any politicizing was unnecessary anyway because "if this room leaned any further to the left, we would literally topple into the Pacific Ocean". Best International Film was taken by the German drama-comedy and Oscar front-runner Toni Erdmann, Best First Feature went to Robert Eggers" The Witch, and O.J.: "Made In America won Best Documentary. Numerous films nominated for top awards also broke through at the Oscars, including Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Jackie, Hell or High Water, Captain Fantastic, Elle, Loving, 20th Century Women, O.J.: Made in America and 13th.

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