The day before the Oscars is the biggest day for Independent Films at the 2013 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS is a celebration honoring films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The show is televised in millions of homes and covered internationally by the press, the Spirit Awards has become the vanguard event in independent film, recognizing the achievements of independent filmmakers and promoting independent film to a wider audience.
But, as much as the stars want to win an award they also can’t get enough of the gift lounge. And with goodies from Mattel Games, Fashion Forms, Yoplait Greek 100, GKhair, Jabra, Caribbean Living Magazine, Manito Linens, Perfect Pearl, Crunch, Thursday Friday, Blessed & Cursed, Sookbox and Larissa Love Cosmetics you can see why.
Celebrities such as Kerry Washington, Jeremy Renner, Nina Dobrev, Chris Tucker, Common, Hannah Simone, Marcia Gay Harden, Kyle MacLachlan, Quvenzhane Wallis, Emily Mortimer, Ann Dowd, Bryan Cranston, Sharon Lawrence, Clea Duvall, Colin Egglesfield, David Oyelowo, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Hill Harper, Jason Isaacs, Jason Schwartzman, John Hawkes, John Waters, Katie Aselton, Laura Dern, Lennie James, Linda Cardellini, Lorraine Toussaint, Mae Whitman, Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Michael Pena, Mynette Louie, Stana Katic, Stella Maeve, Thure Lindhardt, Wendell Pierce, Zachary Booth and more stopped by backstage during the day.
So much goes on behind the scenes of the awards show. The talented pint-sized Beasts of the Southern Wild actress, Quvenzhané Wallis, proved a true-movie buff answering a trivia question from Mattel's Pass the Popcorn! Game before the question was even finished! She visited the Official Gift Lounge backstage at The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards alongside her mother, Qulyndreia Wallis on Saturday. The Louisiana native touched up her hair with GKhair’s Mini-Iron and was overheard saying, “Mama! I need this”.
Django Unchained actress Kerry Washington helped raise money for charity by stopping by Mattel Games in the Official Gift Lounge backstage at The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday in style. When asked what she would be wearing to the Oscars on Sunday, Washington played coy but did pick up one of the newest bras from Fashion Forms, a backless dress must-have. The actress is known for her bold fashion choices and didn't disappoint with her stunning Giambattista Valli Couture graphic print dress on the red carpet before the award show. Kerry also fell for the silk eye mask and pillow shams from Manito Linens!
The Vampire Diaries starlet, Nina Dobrev, helped raise money for charity by stopping by Mattel Games in The Official Gift Lounge backstage at The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday accompanied by her Perks of Being a Wallflower director Stephen Chbosky, who picked up the award for Best First Feature. The Canadian beauty entered the lounge in a skin-tight white dress and ran straight over to grab some Fashion Forms strapless bras. Dobrev was overheard telling a friend that her “chest and legs” are her "best features," and that she feels most confident in “a tiny mini-dress”. Later, when asked about her beauty secrets at the GKhair beauty bar, Nina mentioned that she’s “constantly in bed” and that “sleep is the key to a healthy beauty regimen”. Spending all that time under the sheets with love Ian Smolderhalder truly does a body good! Before heading out, she snagged a pair of Jabra Vox headphones to help her “relax on the plane”.
Mae Whitman, Nina's co-star in Perks of Being a Wallflower, which picked up the award for Best First Feature, also stopped by Mattel Games in The Official Presenters Gift Lounge backstage at The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. Mae had a blast rockin' in out 80's style with the new Jabra REVO headphones! And enjoying a very big spoonful of her favorite flavor of Yoplait Greek 100! She toted all of her goodies home in a fun Super Together tote from Thursday Friday.
Silver Linings Playbook star Chris Tucker had guests laughing hysterically over his humorous antics at the Mattel Games Gift Lounge backstage at The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday. Tucker joked with guests that he wanted to make sure all the goodies were free, he wouldn't want to get into any trouble, but now that he’s "made it" the up and coming actor can expect even more perks to come! Tucker was spotted leaving with Jabra headphones, the new Sookbox which was his favorite thing in the Lounge, along with massive quantities of Yoplait Greek 100, yelling "lay off me… I'm starving!" Earlier, when asked about his co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, he laughed and said, "I keep those two in line! Pun intended..."
Jeremy Renner helped raise money for charity by stopping by Mattel Games in the Official Gift Lounge backstage at The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards where he scooped up a one-year membership to Crunch and a luxurious private island getaway from Caribbean Living Magazine to the private island of Cayo Espanto Resort! And just as Jeremy enjoyed a big spoonful of Yoplait Greek 100, host Andy Samberg wrapped the show by shouting "I'll meet you in the parkting lot Jeremy Renner!" He laughed hysterically [with a full mouth] and yelled out "Oh, I will see him in the parking lot!!!"
Rapper Common made an appearance at the Mattel Games Gift Lounge backstage at The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, and seemed to have nothing but ladies on his mind. Guests overheard the single musician talking about his recent presenting gig at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, and how he has developed quite an obsession for "strong females." This comes as no surprise based on his dating track record with tennis superstar Serena Williams - he did after all write a song about God being a woman. After flirting with several ladies, he proceeded to talk with friends about working on a new album while picking up some silk sheets from Manito Linens, candles from Larissa Love Cosmetics and Jabra SOLEMATE speakers…perhaps he was planning for a night in to "make music" with a special someone?
Among the additional goodies the stars scooped up -- the hottest new denim styles from Blessed & Cursed, luxury skincare for mother and baby from Perfect Pearl, luxurious brow shaping tools from Sania's Brow Bar and fabulous skincare for men and women from Murad, as well as gifts from Casabella, Purell, Dickinson's Witch Hazel and much more!
So what exact did the stars take home?
MATTEL GAMES made it a great cause by making a donation to Film Independent on behalf of each star that visited the Gift Lounge. The donation will help support Film Independent’s mission to champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.
MATTEL Pass The Popcorn! Game: The movie-guessing game where players are given clues about a film based on it’s actors, characters, story or quotes and must race to be the first to correctly identify the movie. The movie-guessing game is a ticket for fast-paced movie fun! www.Shop.mattel.com
FASHION FORMS Lingerie Accessories for the Red Carpet & Beyond: Imagination is our foundation. Fashion Forms is committed to delivering innovative bras and accessories for women’s changing needs and desires. www.fashionforms.com
YOPLAIT GREEK 100 One-Month’s Supply of Product & Activity Tracking Band: A 100-calorie strained Greek yogurt that delivers 100 percent of the rich, creamy taste of Greek yogurt in eight delightful flavors. www.yoplait.com
GKhair On-the-Go Gift Collection: GKhair is the only taming, after care and styling products that are fortified with the signature ingredient, Juvexin. This exclusive gift set contains GKhair Dry Shampoo, GKhair Shaping Wax, GKhair Light Hold Hairspray, GKhair Serum and a GKhair Mini-Iron. In addition, stars may receive GKhair’s ELITE BLACKARD which grants première VIP access for GKhair’s tantalizing taming treatment, fortified with Juvexin and created to manage tresses and control frizz, at the prestigious Lea Journo Spa located in the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. “It’s all about beautiful hair.” www.gkhair.com
JABRA Solemate, JABRA Vox Headphones and Gift Card for JABRA REVO Headphones: Jabra Solemate is the go-anywhere, do-anything portable speaker with massive sound that lets you take your music everywhere. Optimized for superior performance with portable devices. Jabra Vox packs powerful Dolby® sound and convenient features. Tangle-free, reinforced cords allow you to grab and go. Stars will be among the first to experience the Jabra REVO, [not yet available at retail] a pair of headphones where powerful sound meets ultimate durability. www.jabra.com
CARIBBEAN LIVING MAGAZINE Gift Certificate for a 3-Night, All-Inclusive Stay on the Luxury Private Island of Cayo Espanto: The luxury travel magazine that takes readers beyond the beach is gifting stars the opportunity to discover their own private island at Cayo Espanto Resort in Belize, where paradise and luxury come together as one. A five star, world-class resort for those who demand the best life has to offer. www.caribbeanlivingmagazine.com / www.aprivateisland.com
CRUNCH 1-Year Gym Membership & Private Training Session: With awesome classes, shiny machines and things to punch, Crunch has something for everyone. And with a free private training session you’ll have no excuse not to get your sweat on! www.crunch.com
THURSDAY FRIDAY Handbags: A handbag company with a sense of humor! Beginning in 2010 with their classic Together bag, t/f has created democratic cotton canvas totes printed on all sides with images of an exclusive leather luxury icon. www.thufri.com
MANITO LINENS Luxury Silk Bedding: Stars will receive a set of Manito’s luxury silk pillow cases or pillow shams along with a luxury silk sleeping mask, to ensure a perfect night’s sleep! Made from 100% Mulberry silk, Manito provides North America’s finest silk bedding for unmatched luxury and comfort. Silk breathes naturally, so Manito bedding keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter for comfortable sleeping year-round. www.manitosilk.com
BLESSED & CURSED Premium Denim: Men’s and women’s jeans in different fabrics & patterns made from high-end Japanese denim. www.blessedcursed.com SOOKBOX: Empowers users to enjoy media and applications on whatever device they choose, controlled from their handheld! Not yet available at retail, stars will be among the
first to experience this exciting new technology! www.sookbox.com PERFECT PEARL Luxury Skin Care Collection for Mother & Baby: Presented by Pearl World Inc., Perfect PearlTM is a complete line of luxury skincare for mother and baby that
delivers the calming, soothing and illustrious benefits of exotic pearls. www.pearlworldinc.com MARCHON INC. Custom Fittings for Designer Sunglasses including Jil Sander, Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Fendi and More. www.marchon.com
LARISSA LOVE COSMETICS Made in the U.S.A. Luxury Collection of Votive Candles: Handcrafted from natural ingredients such as coconut oil, with classic signature fragrances imported from France that will permeate a room and create a beautiful ambiance. This exclusive candle collection showcases just one of the many luxurious products featured in Larissa Loves Cosmetics’ complete men’s and women’s bath & body collection. www.larissalovecosmetics.com
ALSO FEATURING: --MURAD Exclusive Gift Set of Men’s Cleansing Shave, Men’s Razor Burn Rescue, Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 and more to help your skin look Better Every Day! www.murad.com --SANIA’S BROW BAR Luxurious Angled Mechanical Brow Pencil & Slanted Tip Tweezers from NYC’s Eyebrow Expert, Sania Vucetaj! www.saniasbrowbar.com
A special thanks to--ON 3 PRODUCTIONS: The leader in celebrity gifting backstage at entertainment’s most exclusive events! www.on3productions.com and LFB MEDIA GROUP