The Spirit Awards haven’t been broadcast live for several years now. This past weekend’s ceremony was, like the last two, taped and aired in a more viewer-friendly evening slot rather than in the afternoon, when it takes place.
Wrangling over when best to have and when best to air the Spirit Awards led the network and Film Independent to move the awards show to Downtown Los Angeles to a Friday evening slot in 2010; the experiment wasn’t repeated. But with the broadcast delay comes the fact that the show gets condensed into a preassigned amount of time — and that meant that certain categories didn’t make it to air on Saturday.
What got cut from this year’s Spirit Award broadcast? Best Documentary (winner: “The Invisible War”), Best Cinematography (Ben Richardson for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”) and the ensemble-celebrating Robert Altman Award (“Starlet”). The Piaget Producers Award, which was presented live at the ceremony to Mynette Louie (“California Solo”), was in the broadcast replaced by a 20-second prerecorded thank you.
When asked about the excisions, IFC declined to comment. These are all categories sans celebrities, which might explain from a consumer-facing TV network’s perspective why they ended up on the chopping block.
Videos for the snipped categories are below. Also trimmed, probably for the best? Much of Best First Screenplay winner Derek Connolly’s (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) rambling, booze-fueled acceptance speech, which was replaced with a card that said “5 MINUTES LATER,” at which point Bryan Cranston poured Connolly a whiskey and presenter Kerry Washington gently nudged him off the stage. That, should you choose, you can find in its entirety here.
[In the interests of full disclosure, Indiewire notes that the writer of this piece is a former employee of IFC.]