This year’s Spirit Awards promises plenty of laughs as Film Independent announced today that comedy power couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman will host the 2022 Awards show.Winners for the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards will be revealed in-person on March 6th in Santa Monica and will air exclusively on IFC and stream on AMC+ 5:00PM ET. Click here to see the full list of this year’s nominees, where Janicza Bravo’s Zola leads with seven.
“We are sincerely excited to be hosting the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards. We hope to get a little rowdy, but it’ll mainly be legitimate cinematic discourse. Although, with the two of us involved, it’s more likely to be intercourse. Either way it’ll be legit,” shared hosts Mullally and Offerman.
“The dream team! Why have just one host when you can have two? We’re delighted to have Megan and Nick onboard to bring the magic back to the beach. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us!” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh.
Said IFC General Manager Blake Callaway, “The Spirit Awards are back. After a year away, it is exciting to be back at the beach, live and in person, with this spectacular duo. Megan and Nick will make this year and this stop on the awards’ calendar one to remember.”
A star of television, stage and screen, Megan Mullally is an Emmy-winning actor and musician known for her work as Karen Walker on the hit sitcom Will & Grace and Broadway revivals of Grease, It’s Only a Play, and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and the original Broadway production of Young Frankenstein. Additional credits include seven seasons of the Emmy Award-winning Children’s Hospital, Parks and Recreation (as Tammy 2), Lydia on Party Down, Aunt Gayle on the animated FOX series Bob’s Burgers and Alyson on The Great North. In film, Megan has starred opposite Bryan Cranston in the hit comedy Why Him? and appeared in LEMON, The Disaster Artist, Smashed, and Infinity Baby. In recent years, Mullally has toured the world as the bandleader, singer and choreographer of the beloved band, Nancy And Beth.
Nick Offerman is an acclaimed actor, author, and woodworker and co-host and executive producer of Making It. Best known as the character Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec, Offerman’s recent and upcoming projects includePam & Tommy, Devs, The Last of Us, and the reboot of A League of Their Own. He has written five New York TimesBestselling books, including his latest, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play, and publishes the Substack newsletter Donkey Thoughts. In his spare time, he can be found at his woodshop in Los Angeles, building hand-crafted items from wood, ranging from spoons and canoes to ukuleles.
A powerhouse couple, together the two have toured the US and UK with their comedy show Summer of 69: No Apostrophe and released The New York Times best-selling book, The Greatest Love Story Ever Told.
Past Spirit Awards hosts have included Melissa Villaseñor, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell, Patton Oswalt, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and John Waters, just to name a few.
The Spirit Awards are the nonprofit art organization’s primary fundraiser for its year-round slate of programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote diversity and inclusion across the film industry. The show will be executive produced and directed by Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Production for the eighth consecutive year. Shawn Davis returns as executive producer for Film Independent for his 20th year, Rick Austin returns as Co-Executive Producer for his seventh year. Also returning are Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff as Producers.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards are supported by Premier Sponsor IFC; the Official Spirit, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey; the Official Non-Alcoholic Spirit, Seedlip; Official Water, FIJI Water and Official Beer, Stella Artois. Getty Images is the Official Photographer.
Photos: (Frank Micelotta/Ramona Rosales)