Spirit Awards To Move This Year To The Thursday Before The Academy Awards


One of the annual traditions of the precursor season is that the Film Independent Spirit Awards hold the ceremony on a Saturday, the day before the Academy Awards. Well, 2021 is going to be different, as the Spirit Awards are moving, one time only, to a Thursday. Now, they’ll be taking place on April 22nd, obviously due to COVID-19 and the pandemic. The remote event still is happening, just on a different day. So, if you’re anxiously awaiting the nominations for the 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards, those are coming next week, with the annual event going down in April. It is what it is…

Here’s the news from their official blog post:

As one particular (and undoubtedly problematic) TV detective of yesteryear was fond of saying, “Just the facts, ma’am.” Well, okay then. The facts are these: the 36th Film Independent Spirit Awards are coming soon! Just not as soon as usual, thanks to Hollywood’s overall pandemic-year shift of awards season. Now, everyone’s favorite celebration of independent film — and for the first time, TV — will happen April 22, 2021 at 10:00 pm ET / 7:00 pm PT, live on IFC.

But happily for all of you prognosticators and fantasy-awards-draft wheeler-dealers, 2021 Spirit Award noms are just around the corner; coming next week in fact, on Tuesday, January 26—to be revealed in a special video announcement premiering on Fi’ website and YouTube channel.

Presenters for the (remote) event include Laverne Cox — who in her Film Independent Presents Q&A for the documentary Disclosure shouted out the Spirit Awards for its pioneering recognition of a trans performer — and (not to be outdone) past Spirit Award winners Barry Jenkins and Olivia Wilde.

Though the Thursday-evening broadcast during prime time on April 22 will be a break from our usual Saturday-afternoon live event on the Santa Monica Beach, don’t worry—we’re still deeply invested in Spirit Awards history and tradition.

Stay tuned for the nominations next week…

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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