Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani Host 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards as Idris Elba Steals the Show
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."
"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.
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 Male Lead
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Best Female Lead
Brie Larson, Room
Best Supporting Female
Mya Taylor, Tangerine
Best Supporting Male
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Ed Lachman, Carol
John Cassavetes Award
Robert Altman Award
The Look of Silence
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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