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Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/ 6/2010

Oscars 2010: My five favorite moments from the Independent Spirits

By Jen Chaney

Matt Dillon makes nice with the press scrum at Friday night's Spirit Awards. (Getty Images)

I've logged more hours watching awards shows in my lifetime than I care to count. But I had never been inside one of the major ceremonies until I scored a ticket to last night's Independent Spirit Awards. After doing some interviews on the red -- well, technically, blue -- carpet, I went inside the venue, watched the action unfold from a table tucked in the back corner (yes, the Spirits put Chaney in a corner, and she's totally fine with that) and hit the after-party at the L.A. Live complex's Club Nokia.

Here are my five favorite moments in no particular order:

Chatting with Matt Dillon on the red carpet. The veteran actor, who presented a special award to Roger Ebert, doesn't appear to have aged a day since "The Flamingo Kid" era. And he was refreshingly candid when I asked him to describe the difference between the Spirit Awards and the Oscars: "People at this awards ceremony get drunk. Not at the Oscars," he cracked. "I'm only kidding. Not really, by the way." Stay gold, Matt Dillon. Stay gold.

Watching D.C.-area native Dave Grohl introduce Anvil, who then proceeded to propel their way through "Metal on Metal" before going on to win the best documentary award for the film, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil." During their acceptance speech, front man Steve "Lips" Kudlow called director Sacha Gervasi the best friend he could ever ask for, then gave him a big, sloppy (and a little lengthy) hug, proving once again that Anvil may be the cuddliest rockers in the business.

Sharing an elevator with "Hangover" and "Parks and Recreation" "Community" mad man Ken Jeong, who was rushing home with his wife to relieve the nanny of babysitting duties but made time to give me not one but two hugs to thank me for something I wrote about him years ago in a DVD review of "Knocked Up." Yeah, it was a huggy night at the Spirits.

Meeting Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, stars of the shocker hit of the fall season, "Paranormal Activity," at the after-party. Featherston said she'll be spending Oscar night at the In Style watching party, while Sloat informed me that he's heading out of town to rehearse with his barbershop quartet for an upcoming competition. No, that's not a joke.

On my way out the door, getting a fist bump from Andre Royo, aka Bubbles from "The Wire," who has been hard at work on "Red Tails," the George Lucas-produced story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Not surprisingly, he's been spending a lot of time acting in front of blue screens.

Am I tired? Yes. But is this Oscar weekend over? Oh, it hasn't even begun. Tonight, we're on to round three: the Razzies, a celebration of everything terrible that Hollywood dumped on us during the last year. And of course, I'll be Tweeting it live at, and in a blog post that you can find right here at Celebritology 2.0.

By Jen Chaney  | March 6, 2010; 12:27 PM ET
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Ken Jeong -- He's on "Community" not "Parks."

Posted by: DCMainer | March 6, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

DCMainer, you are quite right. That "Community" correction has been duly noted above. Thanks for the catch!

Posted by: Jen_Chaney | March 6, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

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