Being backstage at the Independent Spirit Awards basically means you get to hang out outside by the beach in Santa Monica and watch as stellar talent shuffles in and out of the awards tent. So with the Los Angeles weather acting up this weekend, many feared the experience. But the rain held out and so the independents gathered to celebrate the year’s best. Many arrived early to grab a beer with old industry buddies or network with new ones over shots of Patron.
Presenters Jon Hamm and Jason Bateman caught up before they hit the stage. Angela Bassett was all smiles as she greeted fellow lady in orange, Elisabeth Röhm. The juicy hue was the color of the day. Greta Gerwig and Yolanda Ross were wearing it too. Cobalt also made a strong showing with Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Bell rocking bella blues; it was the color accent of choice for Lake Bell, Kathryn Hahn and Anna Kendrick too. The leading ladies went for bright and cheerful ensembles, which served as a positive contrast to the ominous clouds.
Stars shuffled between the various sponsored tents where they scored cocktails and swag. Before the show began Sarah Paulson was in a panic. The actress had lost her phone in the Piaget lounge and had a full security detail searching for it. And in other matters of telecommunication, Jane Lynch took Willie Garson’s phone number after Garcon hit up the Official Backstage Gift Lounge, where he tried Breyers Gelato Indulgences out of a bedazzled container. Krysten Ritter made her way through the space, where she scored a new pair of New Balance Fresh Foam 980 sneakers and snacks from Sabra; she also played Slingo for a chance to win a few bottles from the Dark Horse Wine bar. And during the show Cate Blanchett attempted to visit the lounge but was thwarted by handlers who insisted she get backstage to wait her turn to present. After scoring her award for Best Female Lead she did find her way back. So did a slew of others.
As the show was letting out, the rain began to fall and so most sought refuge in the Skype Airstream where they warmed up over cappuccinos and in the Lincoln Lounge where there was an abundance of candy. Skype even dispensed a few branded towels to guests afraid of ruining their blowouts on their way to the after party. Those brave enough to stroll through the storm walked to The Bungalow at the Fairmont where the revelry continued into the night and a major Oscar pre-party ensued.