This Saturday’s Indie Spirt Awards has attracted a load of talent more often associated with mainstream fare. Among those slated to present prizes at the 32nd annual edition of these kudos are current Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen, one-time Oscar contenders Taraji P. Henson and Samuel L. Jackson, Emmy champs Jon Hamm and Hank Azaria and Emmy nominees Kirsten Dunst and Kerry Washington.
Other famous folk set to take to the stage that will be set up in a tent on Santa Monica beach include: Fred Armisen, Kate Beckinsale, Orlando Bloom, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Danny McBride, Janelle Monae, David Oyelowo, Amanda Peet, Freida Pinto, Aubrey Plaza, Issa Rae, and Miles Teller. And Edgar Ramirez and Jenny Slate, who announced the nominations way back on Nov. 22, are also scheduled to appear.
The Indie Spirt Awards will air live on IFC beginning at 2 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. ET. This year’s hosts, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, are long-time collaborators who just wrapped up an acclaimed run on the rialto in “Oh, Hello on Broadway.” They wrote and performed in this laughfest, playing two of their favorite characters, the grumpy old men Gil Kaizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney).
Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” lead with six Indie Spirit bids apiece, followed by Kenneth Lonergan‘s “Manchester By the Sea” at five. A trio of films — Jake Mahaffy‘s “Free in Deed,” Pablo Larrain‘s “Jackie” and Chris Kelly‘s “Other People” — have four each.
“Moonlight” will win four Indie Spirt Awards including Best Picture according to the official racetrack odds at Gold Derby. With all of our experts, along with our in-house editors and most of our readers are backing its bid, this character study has leading odds of 1/10. That puts it far in front of “Manchester by the Sea” (25/1 odds) and “Jackie” (50/1). However, the stars of those films, Casey Affleck and Natalie Portman, are expected to win the top acting awards.
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