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Host With the Most: Patton Oswalt Tapped for 2014 Spirit Award Duty

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Patton Oswalt (From Film Independent Spirit Awards)

Our lock-down awards season prediction: we can guarantee that the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards will have plenty of spirit now that Patton Oswalt has been tapped as the ringmaster. Yes, the comedian-actor-Twitter star will host the indie Oscars, Yahoo Movies has exclusively learned.

The 29th annual awards ceremony, honoring the best in independent cinema, will be held during a daytime beach party in a tent on the Santa Monica sand on March 1, with the broadcast airing that evening at 10 p.m. ET/PT on IFC. Nominations will be announced Nov. 26.

"Patton is an incredibly talented writer, actor and comedian whose irreverent humor is the perfect fit for our show. We couldn’t be more thrilled that he will be hosting the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards," says executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey, who is returning for her 19th Spirit Awards show.

"Patton has been a long supporter of our organization, he has participated in several Film Independent Live Reads at LACMA and is also a card-holding member of the organization. I can't wait to see what he has in store for us at the Awards show in March," says Josh Welsh, president of Film Independent.

Adds Jennifer Caserta, president and general manager of IFC: "Patton's quick wit and ridiculously funny take on society and pop culture is perfect for IFC and perfect for this event. We are thrilled our viewers will be able to enjoy this year's show with this incredible talent and distinctive voice at the helm."

The ceremony will premiere on IFC, March 1, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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