Hasan Minhaj ready to lean into silliness at Spirit Awards

For comedian Hasan Minhaj, the Film Impartial Spirit Awards is the great internet hosting gig.

“Low stress. Very low downside. All upside,” Minhaj mentioned. “That’s the sweet spot for me.”

Set for Saturday, it’ll be a single of the final film award stops ahead of the large Oscar evening for quite a few of this year’s major nominees including “Everything Everywhere you go All at When,” which has a leading eight nominations which include greatest aspect, most effective director, very best guide actor for Michelle Yeoh, supporting actors Ke Huy Quan and Jamie Lee Curtis and breakthrough for Stephanie Hsu.

There are plenty of Oscar nominees in the bunch: Cate Blanchett and director Todd Discipline for “Tár,” Paul Mescal for “Aftersun,” Andrea Riseborough for “To Leslie,” Brian Tyree Henry for “Causeway” and Sarah Polley for “Women Talking” between them. But the Spirit Awards also go over and above the typical awards period fare, recognizing great performances and operate in lesser films like “The Inspection,” “Emily the Criminal,” “Pearl” and “Palm Trees and Ability Lines.” And there are no “Avatars” or “Top Guns” here — the spending budget cap for eligibility is $30 million.

The demonstrate also honors television with nominees like “The Bear,” “Severance,” “Station Eleven” and actors like Quinta Brunson (“Abbott Elementary”), Melanie Lynskey (“Yellowjackets”), Mohammed Amer (“Mo”) and Aml Ameen (“The Porter”).

Minhaj, acknowledged for his Peabody Award-successful exhibit “Patriot Act,” stand-up specials like “Homecoming King” and his do the job on “The Day-to-day Present,” is energized to sign up for the ranks of current preceding hosts like Aubrey Plaza, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll and past year’s Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally.

“I just love how entertaining and irreverent the demonstrate can be,” he mentioned. “Even the men and women that are attending, they’re down to do bits and that element of it is actually pleasurable and amazing.”

Minhaj is no stranger to the terror of the area with a negative vibe. He took the podium at the 2017 White Dwelling Correspondents Evening meal, following all.

“The White Residence Correspondents Supper very considerably feels like an absent recreation. Like heading to a further person’s party and hosting it,” he mentioned. “And commonly the feedback in the home is not fantastic, whether or not it’s from the administration or the media stores you are earning exciting of. This gig is quite unique.“

He guarantees a large amount of “cutaways” and “props” and, of study course a celebration of impartial film and television.

“Everyone’s sort of in on the joke. We know that we’re working day consuming in a tent in Santa Monica a week in advance of the Oscars,” Minhaj stated. “It’s fantastic vibes surrounded by exceptionally proficient individuals that aren’t having by themselves much too significantly. It is a ideal cocktail for a excellent display.”

The 38th yearly Movie Unbiased Spirit Awards will be streamed are living on IMDb and Movie Independent’s YouTube channels starting at 5 p.m. ET on March 4.


Comply with AP Movie Author Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr.


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