Film Independent Spirit Awards

Friendship and the elephant in the room: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney on hosting the Spirit Awards

Friendship and the elephant in the room: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney on hosting the Spirit Awards

The dress code for the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which take place Saturday afternoon in a tent by the beach in Santa Monica, is  “festive and relaxed,” which might be a good description for the event itself.

Though Oscar-nominated movies such as “Moonlight,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Jackie” all have multiple nominations at the Spirit Awards, so to do many films with no recognition from the academy, such as “American Honey,” “Certain Women,” “Free In Deed,” “Chronic” and “The Childhood of a Leader.” (Oscar favorite “La La Land” was ineligible to compete because its budget exceeded Spirit Award limits).  

The hosts for the informal, often raucous event...

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