I didn’t get to watch the Spirit Awards live last night due to work, but watched the follow-up airing later in the evening. I love the Spirit Awards for their eagerness to shine the spotlight on the independent underdog.
The Wrestler won the most honors including Best Feature, Best Cinematography and Best Male Lead for Mickey Rourke’s comeback performance.
Rourke has been a red-hot, steaming mess in recent years, a Hollywood rebel who fell out of favor in the City of Angels.
His rambling acceptance speech showcased some of why he fell off the glamour list no matter how great an actor he is.
He gave shout outs to his best friend, director, the Santa Monica police and his recently deceased dog. He almost forgot the name of his costar and then talked about her stripper pole skills.
You just have to see it for yourself.
The folks at the Oscars have got to be cringing today as they loosen up their fingers that press the bleep button, just in case he wins tonight.