Aubrey Plaza Dings Host-Less Oscars in Independent Spirit Awards Promo (Video)

In announcing her own hosting gig for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Aubrey Plaza took a shot at that other awards show.

You know the one. The one that doesn’t currently have a host? While she didn’t call the Oscars out by name, the “Parks & Recreation” star took a jab at the Academy Awards, which is currently going forward with its plan to go without an emcee for the first time since 1989.

“What do the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards have that the other award show doesn’t? An actual f–ing host!” the actress says in the promo. “Watch an awards show with a host. Hosted by me, host Aubrey Plaza. I will host,” she added. You can watch the expletive-filled promo above.

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The Academy declined to comment to TheWrap on the host situation — but according to people close to the show, the expectation is that they will not replace Kevin Hart, who was initially tapped to host, but dropped out in early December after a furor over some past homophobic tweets.

The last time the Oscars dispensed with a host was the Allan Carr-produced show of 1989, which opened with a 12-minute production number (you might remember the part with Rob Lowe and Snow White).

The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards will air live on IFC at 2 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.

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‘The Favourite’ Dominates the British Independent Film Awards

Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” definitely lived up to its name at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday, where it won 10 awards, including best director, best screenplay and best British independent film of 2018.

The awards were handed out at Old Billingsgate in London.

Lanthimos’ twisted period piece won in a category whose other nominees were “American Animals,” “Beast,” “Disobedience”  and “You Were Never Really Here.”

Acting awards went to Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz for “The Favourite,” Joe Cole for “A Prayer Before Dawn” and Alessandro Nivola for “Disobedience.”

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Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won the award for the best international indie, beating out the Gotham Awards winner “The Rider” and three other films in the Oscar foreign-language race: “Capernaum,” “Cold War” and “Shoplifters.”

The BIFA’s three breakthrough awards went to “Ray & Liz” producer Jacqui Davies and director Richard Billingham, and “American Animals” writer Bart Layton. The most promising newcomer award went to “Beast” star Jessie Buckley.

Orlando von Einsiedel’s “Evelyn” won the award for the best indie documentary.

In craft awards announced in advance of the show, “The Favourite” won for its cinematography, casting, production design, costume design and hair and makeup. “You Were Never Really Here” won for its sound and for Jonny Greenwood’s score, while “American Animals” won for editing. The Aardman animated film “Early Man” won for visual effects.

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Going into the awards, “The Favourite” had led all films with 13 nominations. The black comedy, which was shot in England with a largely British cast by the Greek director Lanthimos, was in the unusual position of having been designated a British indie by BIFA and an American indie by the Gotham Awards, where it won a special ensemble acting honor but did not win any competitive awards.

Nominees and most BIFA winners are selected by special juries, with only the Best British Independent Feature award chosen by a vote of the entire membership. As a result, and because entries are restricted to independent British films, the awards typically have little bearing on and little overlap with the Oscars.

Since the British Independent Film Awards were established in 1998, only two of its winners — “Slumdog Millionaire” in 2008 and “The King’s Speech” in 2010 — have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

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Five other films were nominated for the top BIFA award also nominated for Best Picture, but did not win either award. Those were “The Imitation Game,” “Philomena,” “The Queen,” “Elizabeth” and last year’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The complete list of British Independent Film Awards 2018 winners:

Best British Independent Film: “The Favourite”
Best Director: Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Best Screenplay: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, “The Favourite”
Best Actress: Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Best Actor: Joe Cole, “A Prayer Before Dawn”
Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”
Best Supporting Actor: Alessandro Nivola,
Most Promising Newcomer: Jessie Buckley, “Beast”
The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director): Richard Billingham, 
”Ray & Liz”
Debut Screenwriter: Bart Layton, “American Animals”
Breakthrough Producer: Jacqui Davies, “Ray & Liz”
The Discovery Award: “Voyageuse”
Best Documentary: “Evelyn”
Best British Short Film: “The Big Day”
Best International Independent Film: “Roma”
Best Casting: “The Favourite”
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell, “The Favourite”
Best Cinematography: Robbie Ryan, “The Favourite”
Best Editing: Nick Fenton, Julian Hart and Chris Gill, “American Animals
Best Effects: Howard Jones, “Early Man”
Best Make Up & Hair Design: Nadia Stacey, “The Favourite”
Best Production Design: Fiona Crombie, “The Favourite”
Best Music: Jonny Greenwood, “You Were Never Really Here”
Best Sound: Paul Davies, “You Were Never Really Here”
Special Jury Prize: Horace Ové
Variety Award: Felicity Jones
Richard Harris Award: Judi Dench

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Aubrey Plaza to Host 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Aubrey Plaza will host the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Tuesday.

On Nov. 16, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan and “Private Life” star Molly Shannon announced this year’s nominees at a press conference. Best Feature nominees include “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Leave No Trace.”

The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Feb. 23, 2019, and will be broadcast exclusively on IFC at 2 p.m. PT.

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“I am truly honored and delighted to host the Spirits Awards this year,” said Plaza. “It is a dream come true to host a show that celebrates my greatest loves… independent film, the people that make them possible and live television!”

“The search for a great Spirit Awards host is never easy,” added Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “This year we said, let’s find someone funny, smart, a cinephile, being a great actor wouldn’t hurt, and it would be an added bonus if they’ve previously won a Spirit Award. Then we realized, oh wait, that’s Aubrey Plaza! So thank you Aubrey, for hosting the Spirits!”

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Most recently, Plaza starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in “Ingrid Goes West,” which Plaza also produced,” as well as Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours” and Jim Hosking’s “An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin.” She currently stars in FX’s “Legion” and will next be seen in Lars Klevberg’s remake of “Child’s Play” opposite Brian Tyree Henry.

This year marks the 34th edition of the awards show, which celebrates the very best of independent film. Past Spirit Awards hosts include Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah. Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Production will executive produce and direct for the fifth consecutive year. Shawn Davis returns as producer for his 17th year, while Rick Austin will produce for his fourth year in a row. Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff return as co-producers.

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