Actually, The Opening Monologue From The Weekend’s Other Movie Award Show Was Funnier

Independent Spirit Award hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll gave Mel Gibson no quarter in their savagely funny opening monologue.

Actually, The Opening Monologue From The Weekend’s Other Movie Award Show Was Funnier

WHAT: The ribald opening monologue from Saturday night’s Independent Spirit Awards.

WHO: Hosts Nick Kroll and John Mulaney.

WHY WE CARE: By the time Jimmy Kimmel took to the podium to deliver the opening monologue from what ended up being the most lit Oscars of all time, he already had his work cut out for him. That’s because the hosts of the weekend’s other movie award show had already covered a lot of comedy bases and hit home runs. No, it wasn’t whoever hosted the Razzies, the hacky opposite-world Oscars that is somehow in its 37th year even though everybody hates it. Kimmel may have come for Trump with knives out, but he mostly spared Mel Gibson any real venom. Not so with Independent Spirit Awards host and real-life friends Kroll and Mulaney. When they kicked off their show on Saturday night, a day ahead of the Oscars, they gave comeback kid Mel Gibson no quarter. “People wondered how long would it take to forgive someone for antisemitic racist hate speech,” Kroll started out asking. “The answer? Eight years.” And that was only the beginning. He and Mulaney went back and forth with the crack comedic timing they’ve honed working on projects like Oh Hello together for years. Beyond Mel Gibson, though, they moved on to other targets with a low-stakes ease that might have hampered how far Kimmel could go at the Oscars. Watch the full video below.

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Here’s a full list of winners from the Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Feature:
Moonlight

Best Director:
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best First Feature:
The Witch

Best Female Lead:
Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Best Male Lead:
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Female:
Molly Shannon, Other People

Best Supporting Male:
Ben Foster, Hell or High Water

Best Screenplay:
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (story by Tarell Alvin McCraney)

Best First Screenplay:
Robert Eggers, The Witch

Best Cinematography:
James Laxton, Moonlight

Best Editing:
Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders, Moonlight

John Cassavetes Award:
Spa Night

Robert Altman Award:
Moonlight

Best Documentary:
O.J.: Made in America

Best International Film:
Toni Erdmann (Germany and Romania)

Piaget Producers Award:
Jordana Mollick

23rd Annual Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award:
Anna Rose Holmer, The Fits

22nd Truer Than Fiction Award:
Nanfu Wang, Hooligan Sparrow

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Joe Berkowitz is a writer and staff editor at Fast Company. He has also written for The Awl, Rolling Stone, McSweeney's, and Salon.

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