Grants presented at Spirit Awards lunch

Sandra Oh, Terrence Howard host ceremony

“I wish everyone could give out money like this,” giggled Sandra Oh from the podium at the annual Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch, held at Boa Steakhouse on Saturday. “It’s so much fun!”

She and Terrence Howard enjoyed giving out three $25,000 unrestricted grants to filmmakers Mike Ott, Anish Savjani and Jeff Malmberg, but it was winning the new Jameson Whiskey-sponsored Find Your Audience Award that practically brought Malmberg and his wife to tears.

“Fifty thousand dollars is like a million dollars to us,” he exclaimed, as bigtime producers Gale Anne Hurd, Bonnie Arnold, Mike Medavoy and Barbara Boyle cheered him on.

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