We’re in the thick of awards season around the world, as voters in just about every awards committee are sifting through films of all sizes to see what’s worthy of being honored and what will be cast aside as merely average. While mod tot the awards attention is spent on the Golden Globes and the Oscars, one of the most buzzed about awards shows is one that honors the up and comers in cinema.
The Independent Spirit Awards are in their 29th year of honoring independent cinema and the show has just announced it’s host for this year. Comedian and indie film staple Patton Oswalt has been tapped as host of the show which will take place the night before the Oscars.
Oswalt will join the likes of Andy Samberg, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Townsend as host of the show and he continues a tradition of sorts of comedians hosting the event. You don’t have to be a stand-up comedian to host the Spirit Awards but history shows that it helps as the previous batch of years have seen hosts like Sarah Silverman, Joel McHale, Rainn Wilson, Steve Coogan and Eddie Izzard.
Presented a night before the Oscars, as has been the tradition since 1999, the Independent Spirit Awards sometimes honors films that happen to be nominated for Oscars but the only overlapping reason is that the film is of the indie variety as the awards ceremony is a chance for the little guy to flex his or her big cinematic muscles.
The Independent Spirit Awards will take place March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica and can be seen on the IFC channel.