Adam Sandler Sings and ‘The Farewell’ Triumphs Backstage at the Indie Spirit Awards

The 35th Film Independent Spirit Awards took place on the Santa Monica beach this Saturday, and the spirit of the show’s independence from the Academy Awards — and the Hollywood studio system at large — was on ready and, at times, anxious display in the press room backstage.“The Farewell” — totally shut out at the Oscars — won the best feature and best supporting female award for star Zhao Shuzhen, and backstage writer-director Lulu Wang talked about how hard it was to secure financing, and the struggle she had to convince herself she deserved it.“I have to constantly have this battle in my head of, ‘Why do I deserve any money from people who don’t necessarily know me,” Wang said.

“There’s a sense that why should anybody just give me money? Why should anybody be entitled to that? I guess I want to encourage women to be entitled, because

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