Eddie Izzard to Host Independent Spirit Awards
Posted 01.26.10 by reelz
As awards season presses on, some of the smaller ceremonies are showing a predilection for edgy British comedy. Following Ricky Gervais' stint at the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards has announced that Eddie Izzard will be its master of ceremonies on March 5, according to The New York Times.
The 47-year-old Izzard — who has enjoyed international success since the mid-90s — is famous for his absurdist, interactive style of standup, which often sees him change his performances based on audience reactions. His commentary runs the gamut from Roman history to squirrels in makeup, from the Catholic church to vacuum noises, from the Heimlich maneuver to French instructional tapes. He even regularly works foreign languages into his English-speaking shows; he once recited a two-minute version of Speed in French.
Until recently, he performed in drag as a self-proclained "executive transvestite," but he has since transitioned into a more "traditional" appearance. He has starred in such movies as Valkyrie, Ocean's Twelve, Shadow of the Vampire, All the Queen's Men, and The Cat's Meow, in which he played Charlie Chaplin. He also starred opposite Minnie Driver in the TV series The Riches.
Film Independent, the award show's sponsor, made the following statement:
Izzard's tangential, absurd, bizarre and surreal comic narratives are lauded for their creativity and wit, which suits the irreverent, laid-back style of the Spirit Awards.
You can find a complete list of nominees on the Independent Spirit Awards' official site.
Also, if you're unfamiliar with Eddie Izzard's comedy, check out "Cake or Death?" and "The Death Star Canteen," both of which are NSFW.