Wednesday, May 29, 2024

“The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal Win Spirit Awards at Insufferable, Off Putting Show

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I say this as a fan of both Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally: they should never ever host an awards show again. Their work at the Spirit Awards today was not only not funny but it was humorless and sort of offensive. I think at one point Offerman actually insulted presenter Colman Domingo. Offerman did the show as a boor, for some reason. Was it a character choice?

Many of the female presenters and some winners were dressed for a night at Hyde or Studio 54. Then they complained about it being so cold in the tent on Santa Monica beach. To stay with that theme, Offerman wore no shirt under his suit. Neither did Taika Waititi, who presented an award to a TV show he produces, “Reservation Dogs.”

“Mass” is a very good movie, well directed and acted, but it’s a four-hander with two couples sitting at a table. It’s also a straight on drama. I’m not sure why it won the Robert Altman Award since it has no relationship to an Altman film whatsoever. The two Altman-esque movies this year were “Licorice Pizza” and “Don’t Look Up.” They were not nominated.

The acting awards didn’t go to Best Actor or Actress. It was Best Male or Female lead or supporting. Why? Who the f knows?

How many people watched this excruciating exercise on IFC? Six? Seven? We’ll find out on Tuesday. What I learned about IFC is that they don’t know how to switch between national and local commercials without messing up. Um, we learned to do this at Emerson College even if we weren’t interested. And that was a few decades ago.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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