LOS ANGELES: Santa Monica

The Spirit Awards often mark which actors, directors, film makers and other affiliated cinematic gentry will be also recognized at the Academy Awards.  They can be viewed almost as a prelude, but not always in synch with Oscar winners.  Gary Michael Walters of Bold Films received for wins for Nightcrawler and WhiplashBirdman also received awards with very emotional speakers, Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and film star Michael Keaton.

Spirit Awards, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Michael Keaton, Cate Blanchett Spirit Awards, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Michael Keaton, Cate Blanchett, BirdmanAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (left), Michael Keaton & Birdman crew on stage with Cate Blanchett (far right)


“The Independent Spirit Awards, founded in 1984, are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers. Winners were typically presented with acrylic glass pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films.”

During and immediately after the awards ceremony, guests were moving around the outside connected sponsor tents where they could enjoy drinks and snacks while conversing.  The actual awards ceremony is a lengthy live televised program that leaves guests and nominees wiggling constantly in their seats.

Spirit Awards, Piaget Tent Spirit Awards, Piaget Tent, 2015Alizee Gaillard (right)

Spirit Awards, Piaget Tent, Santa MonicaPiaget Tent

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