CATEGORIES Movie NewsMove over, Ricky Gervais and Billy Crystal. Seth Rogen was the emcee at the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. on Saturday afternoon, and the "50/50" star killed during his awards-show hosting debut while taking aim at Brett Ratner, Mel Gibson and the Grammys during his hilarious opening monologue.
"The best thing to come of awards season is we learned what a horrible bigot Brett Ratner is," Rogen joked, referring to Ratner's homophobic slur about rehearsing that caused the director to step down as Oscars producer. He went on to wonder if Ratner would have been a better fit as producer of the Grammy Awards.
"At the Grammys, you can literally beat the shit out of a nominee and be asked to perform twice," Rogen said to thunderous applause. (The Grammys came under fire two weeks ago for giving Chris Brown a platform just three years after he assaulted his then girlfriend, Rihanna.)
Discussing the year's Spirit Award nominees, Rogen was just as quick-witted. He joked that "Drive" was a silent film, before commenting on the villains in Nicolas Winding Refn's moody noir, played by Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman.
"'Drive' made Jews so scary I thought Mel Gibson directed it," he said.
As for "The Artist" -- which wound up winning four Spirit Awards, including Best Feature -- Rogen quipped, "I thought we created the whole foreign film category to stop this shit from happening."
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