At the funky Film Independent Spirit Awards, held every year on the beach in Santa Monica the day before the Oscars, only the waiters wear tuxedos. Everyone else shows up in jeans and flip-flops. To celebrate this counterculture tradition honoring achievements in indie filmmaking — the event turns 25 next week — EW remembers Spirit ceremonies past and hands out some trophies of our own.
BEST SALLY FIELD IMPERSONATION
Sean Penn’s ”You tolerate me, you really tolerate me!” acceptance speech in 1996.
Mickey Rourke, who last year thanked the Santa Monica PD for giving him a bed to sleep in 10 years earlier.
BEST ARM CANDY
Occasional Spirit Awards host John Waters’ date for the past four years, Patricia Hearst.
BEST SPEECH RAGING AGAINST STUDIOS
Jodie Foster’s in 1992, which she titled ”The Scum-Sucking Vampire Pig Theory of Hollywood.”
Laurence Fishburne presenting Samuel L. Jackson at the 1996 show: ”Please do not get us confused with each other again.”
Hilary Swank and then husband Chad Lowe arriving at the 2001 ceremony on their bicycles.