Similarly, Los Angeles' indie community is crestfallen that their annual Saturday pre-Oscars Santa Monica tent ritual has been moved to Friday night March 5 at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.
[John Waters at the Indie Spirits, 2009.]
This isn't just another annual award show. It's a social event, in the daytime, the day before the Oscars, on the beach. And the Indie Spirits really takes place outside the tent, before, during and after the show, where the attendees: agents, producers, directors, writers, actors, distributors and journalists all hang out. And after the prizes are handed out for the year's best in indie cinema, everyone repairs for serious drinks and noisy chatter down the beach at IFC's annual party at Shutters. It just won't be the same.
Sure, some folks will make the trek to a tent downtown. But while Hudson saw an opportunity to take advantage of both the Indie Spirits' 25th anniversary and the economy to save thousands of dollars and grab a prime time "live and uncut" IFC cable slot, she knows that it's likely she'll be back at the beach in 2011. On the other hand, the year of the Writers Strike, Vanity Fair saw strong reason to opt out of its annual Oscar party. Now they're back--in a smaller venue.
Good Hollywood rituals are hard to lose.
[FIND's Dawn Hudson at the Indie Spirits, 2009.]