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Comedians, actors and all around funnymen Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are set to blow up the stage as co-hosts of the 32nd Film Independent Spirit awards, celebrating the year in independent film.
Nick Kroll has appeared on the television shows Community, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Parks and Recreation as well as his own successful Comedy Central Kroll Show. His voice can be heard in two animated feature hits from 2016, Sausage Party and Sing. He is in the unique position as the host to also be in one of the nominated films, Loving. John Mulaney is an Emmy-winning writer (Saturday Night Live) and comedian who released an Emmy-nominated stand-up special on Netflix called The Comeback Kid and also writes for IFC’s Emmy-nominated Documentary Now! series. Together, Kroll and Mulaney star in the Broadway production of Oh, Hello on Broadway, which Mulaney wrote and both produced.
As has been the tradition since its the inception the Spirit Awards is the last awards show of the season before the Oscars, the very next day. The show will take place in a tent (albeit a glamorous one) on the beach in Santa Monica and feature some of this year’s heavy hitters in the awards race like Moonlight, Jackie, Loving and Manchester by the Sea. Once the anti-Oscars in the studio era before the wealth of independent houses, the Spirit Awards is now often home to the majority of the year’s Oscar players. The last three Best Film winners here (Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave) all went on to win Oscar’s Best Picture the next day.
“From film to television to Broadway, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been almost everywhere – and now their world domination will be complete when they host the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “We couldn’t think of two smarter, funnier people to host our show, and look forward to having them on the beach on Saturday, February 25.”
The Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast live on IFC at 2:00 pm PST / 5:00 pm EST. For the full list of nominees, click here.