I'll be live-blogging the show from inside the tent, while TOH's Sophia Savage grabs sound-bites from the winners in the interview room and indieWIRE posts winners and backstage coverage as well.
The Spirits will stream the blue carpet live starting at 11:30 AM before the 2 PM awards show, but the IFC broadcast won't go on until 10 PM. While all the tweet and blog updates during the day will reveal the winners, Hudson hopes that they advance buzz will spur folks to watch the content of the unedited tape-delayed show (for the first time with commercials). "How to tweet Mickey Rourke's acceptance speech?" she says. "You have to watch that." The show will boast comedy skits but no song performances this year.
The show's new executive producer Audrey Morrissey suggested McHale, who started as a stand-up and is moving into movie roles. "Whoa! OK! Great idea!" was the universal response, says Hudson. "Everyone crumpled their lists."
Here's the list of nominations, indieWIRE's walk-up to the Spirits and predicters poll. Hudson admits that she had never confronted a six-nominee deadlock before; she tried hard to convince the nominations committee not to list six best actress candidates, but they refused to break the stand-off. After she called FIlm Independent president Bill Condon, they agreed to let the six go through.
Oscar-nominees 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, Winter's Bone and Black Swan should all walk away with wins--as well as Lena Dunham's micro-budget fest fave, Tiny Furniture. Whatever happens Oscar night, Darren Aronofsky and Natalie Portman are favored to win for Black Swan, John Hawkes is the frontrunner for Supporting Actor for Winter's Bone, Banksy's Exit to the Gift Shop could take home Best Documentary; and Oscar co-host and nominee James Franco is the favorite for Best Actor for 127 Hours--but is unlikely to be able to get away from Oscar rehearsals to accept his prize. UPDATE: Word is he plans to attend.