At long last, the host of the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards has now been announced. Andy Samberg will be the master of ceremonies for the upcoming awards show, which will be held on Saturday, February 23.
Samberg will follow in the footsteps of Seth Rogen and Joel McHale, the two comedians who hosted in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Samberg has had a big year in independent film himself, with “Celeste & Jesse Forever” being received well by critics. Samberg hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2009, and it was the highest rated Movie Awards since 2004 (which, interestingly, Samberg helped write).
“The moment I heard Andy’s name, I knew we had our host for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” said Film Independent co-president Sean McManus. “He’s one of the most funny young comedic actors working today and having him join us in celebrating this yearʼs exceptional films and talented filmmaking artists is a true honor.”
The Spirit Awards will air exclusively on IFC at 10/9c on February 23. The full list of award categories includes Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best narrative feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best International Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include the Someone to Watch Award, Truer Than Fiction Award, and Piaget Producers Award. Nominees have not been announced yet, but we’ll bet our money on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”