By eug | eugonline February 22, 2009 at 4:51AM
I recall detecting a rather mellow vibe in the tent at the Spirit Awards last night, as the show hit its final half hour. It was a bit warm in there, folks seemed rather quiet.
And then Mickey Rourke won, getting the crowd on its feet for the only extended ovation of the day. His speech, via YouTube above, had us rolling with laughter and quoting choice lines the rest of the night. Apparently, Rourke didn't come back stage to talk to the press after the show, perhaps it was decided that he said enough on stage? At the IFC after party, Eric Roberts was a star, posing for photos with guests...
Folks are hoping that Rourke wins tonight at the Oscars to really shake up the telecast!