Jessica Chastain Named Spirit Awards' Honorary Chair

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John Boyega and Elizabeth Olsen will announce the nominees for this year's awards ceremony.

Jessica Chastain has been named the honorary chair at this year's Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Chastain, who was most recently in Ridley Scott's The Martian, was nominated for a Spirit award for 2012's Take Shelter and 2015's A Most Violent Year.

"We’re so honored to have Jessica as our honorary chair at this year’s Spirit Awards,” said Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “As a past Spirit Award nominee and someone whose work as an actor and producer embodies the qualities we celebrate at Film Independent, I can’t think of a more suitable honorary chair for this exciting celebration of artist-driven filmmaking."

Past honorary chair holders have included Kerry Washington, Tom Cruise, Benecio Del Toro and Angela Bassett, among others.

Star Wars newcomer John Boyega and Avengers: Age of Ultron's Elizabeth Olsen will announce the 2016 nominees in categories that include Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.

The nominees will be announced at a press conference that will take place at 10 a.m. PT on Nov. 24 at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

The 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast live on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. PT on IFC.

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