Spirit Awards Returning to the Santa Monica Beach

It's back to the beach for the Spirit Awards.

Film independent announced Tuesday that the awards for independent film will return to their traditional Saturday afternoon presentation in a tent on the Santa Monica beach on Feb. 26.

The show, which will air on IFC in primetime that night, had moved to L.A. Live last year, and was held in the evening.

Audrey Morrissey of Live Animals will be the new Executive Producer, joining Barry Adelman of Dick Clark Productions, who returns for a second year as producer.

Morrissey most recently exec produced the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, the 2010 People's Choice Awards and the 2009 Latin American VMA. She also previously produced a music series for USA Network and online.

"We are delighted to return to the Santa Monica beach for our 26th Spirit Awards, and look forward to celebrating the afternoon with the nominees and our filmmaking community. We have assembled a magnificent team with our longtime broadcast partner IFC, Dick Clark productions, and new executive producer Audrey Morrissey to deliver a fun show that recognizes the bold work of these independent filmmakers," said Film Independent Executive Director Dawn Hudson.

"We're thrilled to once again be the exclusive home of the Spirit Awards," said Jennifer Caserta, Executive Vice President & General Manager of IFC. "This year's move back to the beach represents the true indie spirit of the Awards, while IFC's primetime premiere of the show is well positioned to reach the largest possible audience of viewers who revel in indie film and culture."

"I'm honored to be joining the Film Independent Spirit Awards, a show that I've been a fan of for years and one that recognizes the tireless work, unflagging dedication, and strong, vital voices of independent filmmakers," said Morrissey.

On Feb. 26, which is the weekend before the Oscars, Spirit Award red carpet arrivals will begin at 11:30 am and the awards ceremony will commence at 2 pm. Nominations will be announced on Nov. 30.

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