Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani Host 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards as Idris Elba Steals the Show

by Emily Krauser 6:30 PM PST, February 27, 2016
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Two of the funniest comedians around hosted the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards, and they did not disappoint.

Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani helped laud the best in indie movies at the awards show in Santa Monica on Saturday.

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Idris Elba was a particular highlight of the show for everyone, including Nanjiani. After announcing that the actor was nominated for Best Supporting Male for his role in Beasts of No Nation, the Silicon Valley star got sidetracked by the wonder that is Elba.

"I truly just got lost in his eyes for a second," Nanjiani said on stage. "That's not on script. I just looked over and there were whirlpools, and I'm trying to climb out. Goodness gracious, let's be friends."

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"There was a rumor last year that he was going to be the next James Bond," he continued. "You know what, I just don't see it, a black James Bond. What's next, a female Ghostbuster?"

Naturally, that's when McKinnon, who will star in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, walked into Nanjiani and jokingly shoved him.

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Elba would end up winning for Best Supporting Male -- and earned a near-standing ovation in the process -- while his young co-star, Abraham Attah, took home the award for Best Male Lead.

But the cutest moment of all may have been after Brie Larson won Best Actress for her incredible turn in Room. Her adorable on-screen son, Jacob Tremblay, stood on his chair to cheer on her win. Then, while giving her acceptance speech, Larson thanked her boyfriend, Phantom Planet singer Alex Greenwald, who screamed back, "I love you!" Greenwald then made a beeline for Larson as she head backstage and was one of the first to congratulate her.

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In the end, Spotlight would dominate the show with five wins. Find out the complete list of winners from the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, below:

Best Feature


Best Male Lead

Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation

Best Female Lead

Brie Larson, Room

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Best Supporting Female

Mya Taylor, Tangerine

Best Supporting Male

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Best Director

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Cinematography

Ed Lachman, Carol

John Cassavetes Award


Robert Altman Award


Best Documentary

The Look of Silence

Best Editing

Tom McArdle, Spotlight

Best First Feature

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best First Screenplay

Emma Donoghue, Room

Best International Film

Son of Saul

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