Inside the Spirit Awards 2017: 13 things you didn't see on TV, from Matt Damon to Jon Hamm



"Moonlight" was the big winner Saturday at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting the most casual awards shows on the calendar in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica.

Although the show was telecast on IFC, those watching missed some action that only those attending the ceremony were privy to. Lucky for you, TheWrap was there for the fun.

Here are some things seen and heard:

1:13p.m.
While the pre-show action is outside the tent, the early faces inside are "Hell or High Water" writer Taylor Sheridan, the Fox Searchlight team, IMDb founder Col Needham, producer Lauren Selig and Kenneth Lonergan. Places are set at front row tables for Freida Pinto, Orlando Bloom, Colin Hanks and "Fargo" lovebirds Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst, who have yet to arrive.

1:16 p.m.
Table 227 is "Loving." It's buzzing. Director Jeff Nichols and producer Colin Firth are engaged in an animated conversation, as Ruth Negga is approached by a constant stream of greeters. She's also up for an Oscar on Sunday.

1:25 p.m.
In her trademark black and white, Janelle Monae is the first to arrive at the "Moonlight" table. Kerry Washington glides in to find her spot at the table next door. As more of the "Moonlight" ensemble arrive, it's seflie time with the "Scandal" star. Film Independent President Josh Welsh is a table-neighbor to both.

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SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Kate Beckisnale attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Kerry Washington attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Janelle Monae attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Freida Pinto attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Molly Shannon attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Amanda Peet attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Yolonda Ross attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Lucas Hedges attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Amanda Peet and Hank Azaria attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Lily Gladstone attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Aisha Tyler attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Kiersey Clemons attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Katherine Castro attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Trace Lysette attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Fred Armisen attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: David Oyelowo attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Riley Keough attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Chad Hartigan attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Aubrey Plaza attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ava DuVernay attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Jon Hamm attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ruth Negga attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Taraji P. Henson attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Natasha Lyonne attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Colin Hanks attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Viggo Mortensen attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Nasim Pedrad attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Oge Egbuonu (L) attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Sasha Lane attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Stella Meghie attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Lucy Walker attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
Danielle Brooks attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, California, on February 25, 2017. / AFP / JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX (Photo credit should read JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Ben Foster and Laura Prepon attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awads on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Director Maren Ade attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producer Charles Spano (L) and filmmaker Claire Carre attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Sarah Sutherland attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Comedian Jenny Slate attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actors Alex Hibbert (L) and Jaden Piner attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Fred Armisen attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Paula Roman attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor/producer Adam Scott (L) and producer Naomi Scott attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Miles Teller (L) and model Keleigh Sperry attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Director Sara Jordeno (R) and Izana Lee Vidal attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Writer/director Joshua Locy (R) and actor Andre Royo attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producers Peter Saraf and Sarah Green attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Adepero Oduye attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: (L-R) Producers T.W. Pittman, Giovanni Xim�ez, and director Kelly Daniela Norris attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor/screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (L) and Nicole Sheridan attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Editors Nat Sanders (L) and Joi McMillon attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Heather Matarazzo attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Jesse Plemons attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Brit Eastwood (L) and Ron Curtis attend the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Cinematographer Kira Kelly attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Colin Firth attends the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards at the Santa Monica Pier on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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1:36 p.m.
The doors are closing soon. Annette Bening and Warren Beatty arrive, both in leather jackets. "How old is your baby?" Bening asks Washington and husband Nnamdi Asomugha.

1:41 p.m.
Matt Damon and his "Manchester by the Sea" producer Chris Moore are holding court in the middle of the room. They are pals going all the way back to the HBO version of "Project Greenlight" in 2002.

1:45 p.m.
The show is starting in the tent even though it does not air live until 2 p.m. Colin Hanks walks out on stage to present the first off-air award — editing. "Moonlight" wins. Of all the nominees, "Moonlight" received the biggest cheer in the package. Even before the show starts, the win for Joi McMillon and Mat Sanders got a standing ovation. The room is hot for "Moonlight." The benefit of the early off-air win is that they can give long acceptance speeches.

1:53 p.m.
Josh Welsh thanks the press for being here at a time when they've been called "the enemy of the American people." It gets a loud applause. Welsh reveals that he called the ACLU to recruit their help to make sure that foreign filmmakers could attend because of the "travel ban."

2:06pm
During John Mulaney and Nick Kroll's monologue riffing on celebrity cutaways, intended target Samuel L Jackson is not here. Exec Producer Joel Gallen interjects on the house PA — blaring into the room during the show and over their monologue as the voice of God — to say "not here." As you saw on TV, Jackson would show up later.

2:17 pm
After Ben Foster's win for "Hell or High Water," he walks off stage back to his table. Laura Prepon repeatedly grabs and kisses him. As a press staffer comes to wrangle him out of his seat moments later, he stands up, cracks open the bottle of Bulleit Bourbon that's on his table, and pours himself a glass — neat, no ice — as a "roadie" for his trip backstage.

3:37 p.m.
Molly Shannon dissolves in raw manic emotion, as she wins for Best Supporting Actress for "Other People" and speaks about cancer. We hope Josh Welsh will forgive her for breaking the "no paper list of thank you's." As the show goes to commercial she gets a standing O and runs back into the crowd. Kate Beckinsale runs over to join her.

3:50 p.m.
Nick Kroll takes the stage during a break. "It's a commercial break, but we are going to present an award so... *singing*... Shut the f–k up!" The crowd is loose now. They love the candor.

4:26 p.m.
Gary Clark Jr. continues to play after the show ends. A small crowd stands around watching the free bonus concert.

5:37 p.m.
Although the night is chilly — for southern California — Jon Hamm and Barry Jenkins were still signing autographs outside long after the show ended.

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