The Independent Spirit Awards, aka the Soaring Bird Of Film-Truth Jamboree, is the art school alterna-prom to the Oscars' glittering-curtain-filled senior prom. It's just a little, casual, indie awards show cobbled together to celebrate independent film (which can mean about anything), as well as Acura, Heinken, Piaget, and any other company that sponsored a tent outside the awards show venue. So how did the Independent Spirit Awards attendees bring tha indie this year? Below you'll find a quick photographic rundown.
Cameron Diaz dressed like an angry cartoon bumblebee—and brought her own cool sidekick.
What could bee more indie? (sorry.)
Dr. Magnificent Warlock (Ben Kingsley) and his assistant (Mary-Kate Olsen) did a series of card tricks, each one ending with "Is your card… The Wackness?" Followed by a chorus of groans from the audience.
Look for their sitcom That's So Indie! on IFC next year.
Giovanni Ribisi wore the moldy ghost of the Bee-Gees.
Or unwashed Justin Timberlake. Both looks are equally indie.
Lori Petty was there in her finest decorative rosaries, but Corey Haim was not. Hmm. Strange how those two are never in the same place at the same time.
But the indiest presence of all was, naturally, Mickey Rourke. First, he made Jessica Alba uncomfortable, which probably isn't that hard, considering that her comfort zone is undoubtedly very small (only topics of conversation inside Jessica Alba's comfort zone: "Cashmere—it's so soft!" and "Babies—they're so great." )
Then, Rourke gave a rambling, random, profanity-laced, utterly Rourkian acceptance speech that started off with the Eric Roberts shout-out that most of Hollywood is too scared to give:
Let's all forgive Eric Roberts for whatever it was Mickey Rourke knows he did 15 or 20 years ago. Only then can we begin to forgive him for his more recent transgressions—like his role in Akon's "Smack That" video.