Since 1984, the Film Independent Spirit Awards have provided a counterpoint to the Hollywood establishment’s back-patting: a scrappy celebration staged in a tent on the beach, anointing future visionaries rather than formalizing the status of industry titans. But in a year, and an industry, that has itself been so disrupted from business as usual, the only challenge that Josh Welsh
and the team at Film Independent
faced bigger than reacting to the seismic changes in film and television distribution was deciding how to celebrate them responsibly — if at all.
“On the one hand, you might say, with everything going on in the world, what could be more frivolous than an awards show?” the Film Independent president acknowledges to Variety. “But I really do believe that award shows have a special significance this year.
“For one thing, they allow us to give shape to what feels like a really shapeless year.