Why the Indie Spirits Are Moving Away from the Oscars

Why the Indie Spirits Are Moving Away from the Oscars
This year, for the first time, the Independent Spirit Awards are moving away from the Saturday before the Oscars. That’s because it became clear that a live event, even in a billowing seaside tent in Santa Monica, just wasn’t going to happen. “This was the year to try new things,” said Film Independent president Josh Welsh in a phone interview. “It saddens me that we are not going to do the show on a beach in a tent; we waited as long as we could to make the decision. It’s clearly not safe to do an event; the world is not ready to meet in a tent in April. The Oscars may find a way to do a physical event, but at this point it is not safe or legal.”

At first, when the Oscar show moved back to Sunday, April 25, 2021, the Spirits followed their lead and rescheduled to Saturday,
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