Aubrey Plaza Returning as Film Independent Spirit Awards Host

Aubrey Plaza hosting 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards-Getty-H 2019
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The actress first hosted the Spirit Awards last year. The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony set for Feb. 8 in Santa Monica.

Film Independent on Thursday announced Aubrey Plaza is returning as host of the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Josh Welsh, president of Film Independent, said he is eager to include the actress in the 2020 festivities.

"At a time when the world is so bitterly divided and civil discourse is almost impossible, it's nice we can all agree that Aubrey Plaza is the greatest host in the history of hosting," said Welsh. "We are thrilled to have her back."

Plaza joins former Spirit Awards emcees such as Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Armisen and Kristen Bell. The actress credited herself with delivering an encore-worthy role as host of the program last year.

"Like all great independent film performances, this one deserves a sequel," said Plaza. "The people have spoken. Bow down to your host!"

This year's Spirit Award nominees were announced Nov. 21 by Zazie Beetz and Natasha Lyonne. Uncut Gems and The Lighthouse lead the noms with five each. Also among the nominees are Renée Zellweger for her performance in Judy and Robert Pattinson for his role in The Lighthouse. The films nominated for best feature are A Hidden Life, Clemency, The Farewell, Marriage Story and Uncut Gems.

Plaza’s next film, Black Bear, is set to premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and she is currently filming the movie Best Sellers with co-star Michael Caine.

The Spirit Awards will be handed out Feb. 8 on the beach in Santa Monica and air live on IFC.

The awards show provides funding for a variety of Film Independent's programs, all of which seek to diversify the entertainment industry while championing emerging filmmakers.