Best and Worst of the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards

February 22, 2015 7:01 AM

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SANTA MONICA - There was some faint hope that this year's Spirit Awards would provide us with a number of winners we aren't expecting to see on Oscar Sunday. Unfortunately, outside of a Screenplay win for "Nightcrawler" and some categories that aren't part of the Academy Awards mix (we're looking at you Best First Screenplay) it simply wasn't meant to be. J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, "Boyhood" and "Birdman" took all the major awards just as they will at the Academy Awards. Considering it was the 30th installment of the Spirit Awards an upset or two would have made the afternoon much more memorable. As for the show itself? Well, does "not bad" count as a response?

Here's the good news: the Spirits benefited from two energetic and involved hosts, Kristen Bell and Fred Armisen, and by finally broadcasting live again after a number of years of unfortunate tape delay (not so smart in this era of social media). There were stars, there were funny skits and some cl...

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