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Adam Sandler laughs off Oscar snub as he wins indie acting prize

  • Published at 09:14 pm February 9th, 2020
Adam Sandler

Sandler was named best actor for playing a jeweler addicted to gambling in 'Uncut Gems,' and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie were chosen best directors for the film

Chinese-American director Lulu Wang’s movie “The Farewell” won the top prize at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, while Adam Sandler was named best actor and made fun of his exclusion from Sunday’s Oscars.

Sandler was named best actor for playing a jeweler addicted to gambling in “Uncut Gems,” and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie were chosen best directors for the film.

“A few weeks back when I was quote, unquote, snubbed by the academy, it reminded me when I briefly attended high school and was overlooked for the coveted yearbook superlative category best looking,” Sandler said.

Calling the Oscar nominees “feather-haired douchebags,” Sandler quipped; “Their handsome good looks will fade in time, while our independent personalities will shine on forever.”

 “You don’t have to encourage women. There are lots of women making films and who want to make films,” Lulu Wang said. “What women need is the jobs. Just give them the freakin’ jobs. Give them the money.”

Chinese star Zhao Shuzhen, 85, won the best supporting actress trophy for her role in “The Farewell” as a grandmother. Wang said Zhao was unable to make it to Saturday’s ceremony in the California beach city of Santa Monica because of the coronavirus travel restrictions in China.

Renee Zellweger, who has dominated Hollywood’s awards season for her portrayal of singer Judy Garland, was named best actress for “Judy.” 

“I know this is a reflection of the resounding affection for Judy Garland and her legacy,” Zellweger said.

South Korean social satire “Parasite,” which is expected to do well at the Academy Awards on Sunday, was voted best international film.

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