The Oscars are still more than a week away, but there’s one last awards ceremony to look forward to before all focus turns to Hollywood’s biggest night. The Independent Spirit Awards will take place this weekend at their traditional location on the beach in Santa Monica. As usual, the event will feature some of the biggest names in the indie film community to celebrate a year of independent cinema. Several of this year’s Oscar winners were self-made, so it’s likely that quite a few future Oscar winners will also be heading to the beach on Sunday.
“Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which could be a top Oscar contender for best picture, best director, best original screenplay, best actress and best supporting actor, led the pack with eight Independent Spirit Award nominations. . Not far behind was Todd Field’s “LIBRARY”, with seven nominations. Notably, all the acting categories have been made gender-neutral awards, so men and women must compete against each other. Each category can have a maximum of 10 candidates, which makes things especially unpredictable and could lead to some wild card wins. That makes it hard to see these categories as indicators of future Oscar results, but it’s also a refreshing break from the repetition of awards season. That impact should be bolstered by the addition of several new acting award categories, including Best Breakthrough Performance and Best Supporting Actor in a New Scripted Series.
So how do you get in on the action? Unlike previous years, the event will not be broadcast on linear television. Instead, the Independent Spirit Awards offers free live streaming of the show on various Internet platforms. You can tune in to the official site of Film Independent Youtube and Twitter pages, as well as the IMDB YouTube channel. The ceremony, hosted by Hasan Minhaj, will begin on Saturday, March 4 at 5:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT.
If you can’t watch the awards show live, be sure to check out IndieWire’s list of upcoming winners for real-time updates once the show begins on Sunday.