Film Independent has announced that Joel McHale will serve as host for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The 26th edition of the awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m (after detouring to downtown LA last year).
"The Spirit Awards is not only a celebration of the year's filmmakers and their art, but it's also about bringing together our diverse filmmaking community in a fun and laid-back atmosphere," said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson, in a statement. "We're so excited to have Joel on board as the host, and his quick wit, talent and charm makes him a perfect fit for our audiences."
As previously announced, nominees will be revealed on the morning of November 30th by Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner at The London West Hollywood Hotel. The ceremony will air exclusively on IFC in primetime on February 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
"Joel's unique brand of comedy is perfectly in line with IFC's 'slightly off' sensibility," said Jennifer Caserta, Executive Vice President & General Manager, IFC, in a statement. "We're thrilled he's hosting this year's Awards. This is a real perk for viewers."
Last year, Eddie Izzard hosted the awards.