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John­son­posed­soloon Dwaynethe photo stage­for a of Hol­ly­wood’s Dolby Theatre. Taraji P. Hen­son pre­tended to prop run Os­ with And the a wooden makeup-free, Berry ca­su­al­ly­made a clad re­hearsal Halle ac­tor’shim on day the when cheek she kissedas he went award. on­stage “That’s to Halle ac­cept Berry!” an the ac­tor said, eyes wide. Satur­day was re­hearsal day for the Academy Awards. A pa­rade of su­per­star pre­sen­ters passed through the Dolby Theatre to prac­tice their lines — an­other fa­mous face ev­ery 15 min­utes. It was also ca­sual day at the Dolby, as most stars ar­rived dressed down — ex­cept for the women’s feet: Many ac­tresses wore their show­day shoes to try them out on the Os­car stage. Salma Hayek, how­ever, was not dressed down. Wear­ing all black, from her blazer and blouse down to her stiletto-heeled boots, she looked like she just walked out of a magazine spread. “OK, let’s do this,” she said from cen­ter stage.

Moon­light col­lected six awards, Molly Shan­non pulled her sig­na­ture “su­per­star” move, and Andy Sam­berg sang Alive, dressed as Pearl Jam’s Ed­die Ved­der, in an in-memo­riam spoof cel­e­brat­ing ac­tors and film­mak­ers who are still with us. It was the Film In­de­pen­dent Spirit Awards, the an­nual Santa Mon­ica, Calif., event where films made for $20 mil­lion or less are cel­e­brated. As ex­pected, Moon­light, the drama about a gay black boy grow­ing up in an im­pov­er­ished Mi­ami neigh­bor­hood, was the big win­ner Satur­day, tak­ing home prizes for best fea­ture, di­rec­tor, screen­play, cin­e­matog­ra­phy and edit­ing. Casey Af­fleck won best ac­tor, for Manch­ester by the Sea; Is­abelle Hup­pert, best ac­tress for Elle; and Ben Foster, best sup­port­ing ac­tor for Hell or High Wa­ter. An ebul­lient Shan­non landed best sup­port­ing ac­tress for Other Peo­ple, de­liv­er­ing a speech that ended with her plung­ing into the pose she made pop­u­lar as her awk­ward Catholic high school char­ac­ter, Mary Kather­ine Gal­lagher, on Satur­day Night Live years ago. Hosts Nick Kroll and John Mu­laney de­liv­ered the ex­pected quips about pol­i­tics. “Con­ser­va­tives, we are not in a bub­ble,” Kroll said. “We are in a tent, filled with fringe artists on a Cal­i­for­nia beach. If this room leaned any fur­ther to the left, we would lit­er­ally topple into the Pa­cific Ocean.”



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