Kate McKinnon, Kumail Nanjiani to Co-Host Spirit Awards

“Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon and “Silicon Valley’s” Kumail Nanjiani will co-host the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, it was announced Thursday.

The 31st edition of the ceremony will take place in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 27, with the action airing live on IFC.

“We are ridiculously excited to have Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani hosting the Spirit Awards this year,” said Josh Welsh, Film Independent’s President. “They are two of the smartest, funniest human beings on the planet and I can’t wait to see what creative mayhem they bring to the show in February.”

“Kate and Kumail embody the wildly smart – yet slightly twisted – comic sensibility that IFC is known for,” said IFC President Jennifer Caserta. “I anticipate that their fresh and unexpected take on hosting the Spirit Awards will set a new bar and have everyone talking.”

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara’s romance “Carol” lead nominations with six, followed by “Beasts of No Nation” with five and “Spotlight,” “Tangerine” and “Anomalisa” with four each.

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