Eddie Izzard hosts Spirit Awards on IFC March 5

[from monstersandcritics.com]

Touring comedian and actor Eddie Izzard is confirmed as host for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards to air March 5.

Izzard will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Organizers cite Izzard’s “absurd, bizarre, and surreal” comic narratives as suitable attributes to lead the irreverent, laid-back style of the Spirit Awards.

The milestone anniversary will be a late-night celebration on Friday, March 5, 2010 at LA Live’s event deck in downtown Los Angeles.

The 25th Film Independent Spirit Award nominees were announced on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 and the ceremony will air live and uncut on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. PST/11:00 p.m. EST on IFC (Independent Film Channel).

“The Spirit Awards are known for celebrating filmmakers who can challenge audiences with their original storytelling and art, and the same applies to Eddie,” said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson. “We are thrilled to have such a talented and daring performer host the 25th Anniversary for us. There’s a wealth of memorable moments from past shows and independent film history to draw from, so audiences are in for a treat!”

“Eddie Izzard will bring his hilarious energy to this year’s ceremony, while paying tribute to the independent spirit and artists who have produced some of the world’s best original films,” said Jennifer Caserta, EVP and GM of IFC. “The Spirit Awards are the pinnacle celebration of independent work in the film industry, and we are proud to have been a dedicated partner and television broadcast home for the awards for more than fifteen years.”

Izzard is completing his “Stripped Too” arena tour across the U.S., the UK and Europe including a recent sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.

Izzard will next be seen in the independent film, Every Day opposite Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt and Carla Cugino, and Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, a documentary on his rise to fame – from his early influences to now – which was released last fall and will air on EPIX this spring.

Izzard recently ran 1,100 miles through England, Wales, North Ireland and Scotland for charity. He raised $250,000 for Sports Relief, which helps the less fortunate in Britain and poor countries worldwide.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under $500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Film, Best Documentary, and the Robert Altman Award. The Filmmaker Grants include Acura Someone to Watch Award, Truer Than Fiction Award, and Piaget Producer Award.

Read more: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/news/article_1528267.php/Eddie-Izzard-hosts-Spirit-Awards-on-IFC-March-5#ixzz0deRWc4Js

Written by Momo in: News,TV |


  • Michelle Anson (80sHairBander)

    Does he ever rest??? NO!!!

    Comment | January 25, 2010
  • Momo

    Hey, you answered yourself! hee

    Comment | January 25, 2010

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