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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.”