John Mulaney and Nick Kroll have returned to the Indie Spirit Award stage to prove they’re one of the best hosting duos around. After a successful debut last year, for the 33rd edition of the awards show Mulaney and Kroll wasted no time tearing into disgraced Hollywood players like Harvey Weinstein.
“There’s some stuff we should address,” the hosts said, referencing the many accused men in Hollywood. “Last year everyone famous died, this year everyone famous wishes they were dead. The rules have changed for men. Some men are like can we hug women anymore? Not the way you’re doing it, all breathy.”
Mulaney remembered being in a meeting with Weinstein in 2015 to talk about television projects. Weinstein cracked that he’d be more remembered for TV efforts like “Project Runway” than iconic indie films like “Pulp Fiction.” Mulaney said Weinstein told him they’d even write “Project Runway” on his grave.
But now, “it’s not gonna say ‘Project Runway,’ it’s going to say “XXL Unmarked Grave,'” Mulaney joked, eliciting laughs and gasps from the crowd.
Kroll then turned his attention to Brett Ratner. He shared a story about working with Ratner on a television pilot nine years ago and watching him pick at his crotch — and then proceed to touch all of the food on set.
“Those who have had the pleasure of meeting Ratner know he is constantly scratching his balls,” Kroll said. “One day, he was really going to town on his sad sacks, below his Banana Republic boxer briefs. We watched him walk away and walk over to the crafts services table where he touched six different doughnuts and then he grabbed one and walked away. If that’s how the guy treats doughnuts…”
The two then briefly mentioned other alleged Hollywood abusers, and asked whether art can be separated from the artist. Speaking about Kevin Spacey, the hosts quipped, “Can we still watch ‘K-Pax’?” As for Woody Allen, “What about his last 20 not-watchable movies?”
Mulaney and Kroll slammed the way Spacey apologized for his abuse, saying he “pulled a Keyser Söze” by also deciding to come out as gay in his apology.
Aside from talking about abusers, the hosts also touched about some of the year’s nominated films, including the infamous “Call Me By Your Name” peach scene.
“There’s a joke we want to do later,” the hosts said. “We just want to know from IFC, are we allowed to say ‘cum peach’? There is a certain kind of fruit that is filled to the brim with ejaculate!”
This year’s list of Spirit Award nominees was dominated by Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” which earned six nominations, more than any other film. Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Good Time” were a close second with five nominations each. Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” also had a great showing with four nominations.