Sibling rivalry has finally reached its breaking point. Sound the alarm! Notify the guards! It’s a code red alert! That’s right, the Oscars often overlooked and not as significant little brother has suffered and recovered from a full scale nervous breakdown, finally moved out from underneath the shadow of his annoyingly prestigious older brother and is ready to prove to the world that – He. Is. Enough. Yes, my bow ties, rip off your sophisticated and dapper suits, shred that tie, put on your organic hemp shorts, grow some dreads, throw away your deodorant, grab your surfboard, light up a joint and hop into your 60s peace van! Yep, it’s the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015! Let’s stage a protest and sing a song about it with a ukulele 🙂
In case you may not be aware, awards season is a bit crowded and evidently a dangerous place. Every year these massive statue manufacturing entities from the Golden Globes all the way to the GQ Men of the Year Awards (more on that to come) vie to be the show that finally knocks off that behemoth mammoth known as the Oscars from its pedestal… who, by the way, has firmly planted himself on that pedestal and uh… ain’t budged since. Well, I do declare. If you want to get in the ring with the big guns you best be prepared to bring your A-game or face the consequences of becoming award show road kill. Not pretty!
Can you name one show that can definitely relate to this predicament? I can. Younger brother to the Oscars and the SAG Awards, but older brother to both the Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards, The Independent Spirit Awards finds himself right smack dab in the middle of it all. Talk about being the very embodiment of the “middle child syndrome” phenomena! Well, my bow ties, I will have you know that all that pent up tension simply is not good for you… no it is not! A release is a necessity. And as soon as the Independent Spirit Awards was able to escape from that basement, it did just that. Meditation, yoga, eating bark and grass during a detox and spending time in an isolated wooded area while dancing around a fire pit to cleanse your mind and body of bad “auras” can really, really mellow an awards show out! The result? A complete transformation and new identity formed on the foundation of an alternative hippy chic awareness…aka a new and much, much cooler and hipper younger brother to the Oscars.
Just how hip you ask? Well, for starters, the Independent Spirit Awards is just that… spiritual. This awards show delves deeper into the inner workings of an actors methodological approach and philosophy, appreciating the inner spirit that lurks inside the deepest crevices of their being… or something. The Oscars? Puh-lease!!! The Academy Awards is all about surface and fluff with no substance. But the Spirit awards reject conformity, dismiss the rules, challenge authority and turn their backs on the status quo. Here, the dress code is ultra beachy casual (anti-formal) and the awards show takes place…in a tent… in a parking lot. EDGY. Even more mind boggling is the fact that…wait for it… ANYONE CAN VOTE?!? Yes, it’s true. Any and all can vote for their favorite actor or whatever in all categories. Yea, take that Oscars!
While all this is find and dandy, the burning question still remains, which awards show has the better fashion? Can the Independent Spirit Awards become equal or even greater than it’s older brother, the Oscars? It all comes down to style and the following gentlemen represent the very best at this years Spirit Awards. BTW, if you would like to experience the “anti this” and “anti that” of it all, you can buy a table at the event for anywhere between $20,000 to $50,000. Yes, you read that right. Hey, I never said being an ultra-cool alternative hipster peace granola loving child was cheap. The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 best dressed gentlemen are below. Enjoy!
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Mr. Scott Eastwood
Mr. Ben McKenzie
Mr. Matt McGorry
Mr. David Oyelowo
Mr. Matt Bomer
Mr. Andy Samberg
Mr. Adrien Brody
Mr. Ethan Hawke
Mr. Paul Wesley
Mr. Miles Teller
What do you think? Love my choices? Hate them? If you have a butthole then you have an opinion…and now would be a good time to share it! Comment below (but please be respectful).