Best and Worst of the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards
Best and Worst: Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt has emceed numerous awards events over the years, but the Spirits are the biggest gig he's had so far. His best bits was coming up with the Bruce Dern is old gag (even if Bruce didn't want to along with it) throughout the show and his huge call out to John Waters who was breaking rules filmmakers are afraid to even go near 50 years ago. He had some zingers in his monologue "we're in the golden age of lesbian or lesbian looking award show hosts," "All is Lost is actually the least depressing of the best film nominees," but a lot of it fell flat or the audience just wasn't going for it ("The Someone to Watch Award" presented by Mia Farrow," too soon Patton). The bigger problem was that the pre-tapped bits were just "eh." An app that makes Hollywood movies "indie" and some friends watching on Skype were just bland. It's unclear how much time Oswalt had to contribute to the production beforehand (last year's host Andy Samberg was heavily involved), but he gets props for not disappearing after the opening monologue like Seth Rogen did two years ago.
- Gregory Ellwood