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Oswalt to host Spirit Awards


Actor Patton Oswalt has been tapped to host the 2014 Spirit Awards.

The Film Independent organization announced the choice Tuesday.

“Patton is an incredibly talented writer, actor and comedian whose irreverent humor is the perfect fit for our show,” executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey said in a news release.

The 29th annual ceremony will take place as a daytime luncheon in a tent on a Santa Monica, Calif., beach on March 1, and will be broadcast later that day on IFC. The Academy Awards are presented the following day.

Actresses Olivia Spencer and Paula Patton will announce nominations Tuesday in a presentation that serves as an unofficial kickoff to the movie awards season.