Spirit Awards 2011 predictions and Joel McHale comments
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The day before the annual Academy Awards ceremony belongs to the Spirit Awards, when Hollywood’s independent film community – which currently reflects the Oscar community thanks to double-dipping films like “Black Swan,” “Winter’s Bone” and “The Kids Are All Right” – takes to the sands in Santa Monica for what host Joel McHale calls “the coolest awards show, because it’s casual, in a tent on a beach, and people are drinking, and vomiting.”
Let’s hope there isn’t as much throw up as McHale predicts. We wouldn’t want 2011 Spirit Awards nominees Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Ben Stiller or John C. Reilly slipping in someone else’s vomit on the way to the stage.
All kidding aside, the Spirit Awards are a laid-back affair, a lighter appetizer to the glamorous Oscars. The ceremony will be televised in IFC beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, with “Community” and “The Soup” star McHale hosting.
In a N.Y. Times interview, McHale promises “some ‘Dilemma’ jokes and ‘No Strings Attached’ jokes, a lot of ‘Transformer 2’ jokes.”
“The only goals I have that night, are a), hopefully the monologue will have some funny jokes that will keep people entertained and b), keep the show moving along,” McHale said.
And who would complain about that?
Here are the nominees for this year’s Spirit Awards, as well as our thoughts on who will win in each category (bolded).
The Kids Are All Right
John Cameron Mitchell
Best First Feature
Everything Strange and New
The Last Exorcism
Night Catches Us
John Cassavetes Award
The Exploding Girl
Lovers of Hate
Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini
Best First Screenplay
Dana Adam Shapiro, Evan M. Wiener
Best Female Lead
Best Male Lead
John C. Reilly
Best Supporting Female
Best Supporting Male
Samuel L. Jackson
Best Foreign Film
The King’s Speech
Of Gods And Men
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Exit Through The Gift Shop
Never Let Me Go
Robert Altman Award
Nicole Holofcener, Jeanne McCarthy, Ann Guilbert, Rebecca Hall, Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Lois Smith, Sarah Steele – Please Give
Piaget Producers Award
Acura Someone to Watch Award
AVEENO Truer than Fiction Award
Ilisa Barbash, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Lynn True, Nelson Walker
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