The 2011 Spirit Awards take place today with actor Joel McHale as host! You can watch the 2011 Spirit Awards red carpet starting this afternoon at 2:30PM ET/11:30AM PT for the Spirit Awards Live Arrivals Show.
The 2011 Spirit Awards will be broadcast on IFC (Independent Film Channel) starting at 10 p.m. ET tonight and Joel McHale is the perfect host! 2011 Spirit Awards are traditionally on Saturday afternoon on the beach in Santa Monica, the day before the Academy Awards.
The awards are presented annually to American independent filmmakers for movies that do not cost more than $20 million to produce, are over 70 minutes long and have played for at least one week in a commercial theater or at least one film festival from a designated group of six festivals (Los Angeles Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York, Sundance, Telluride, or Toronto).
Films nominated for Academy Awards can also be up for Spirit Awards. This year, several Oscar nominated flicks are up for Spirit Awards: 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right, Winter’s Bone, and Rabbit Hole. The King’s Speech is also nominated this year for Best Foreign Film at the Spirit Awards.