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WGA allows Rainn Wilson to write/host Spirit Awards

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 21st 2007 9:42AM

Rainn WilsonIn a reversal of their stance on most of the major awards shows this season, Variety tells us the WGA is not only allowing Guild member Rainn Wilson to host the 2008 Spirit Awards, but he has received a waiver to write gags for it as well. The awards ceremony will be held February 23, a day before the Oscars (which did not receive a waiver), on the Santa Monica beach in a tent.

Broadcast live and uncensored on IFC at 5/4pm Central, the Spirit Awards honors the best in independent filmmaking and tends to feature a lot of off-color humor and remarks. Hell, last year's host Sarah Silverman opened the ceremony with a long discussion of her Mommy parts! Hopefully Wilson won't feel the need to discuss his Daddy parts, but if he wants to tell any off-color stories about Jenna Fischer, I'm all ears. Pam Beesly is my Office crush (Shh! don't tell HR) and now that Jenna's as "single" as Pam is, I can fantasize about both of them without feeling guilty! It's a win-win ... win!

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The Spirit Awards were great when they didn't take themselves that seriously. When they got John Waters to host the show and he always talked about ways Independant movie makers could be more "edgy", and they spent the night bascially making fun of "The Oscars". Yet with each year "The Spirit Awards" becomes just like the Oscars. Often nominating and awarding the same films the Academy recognizes, and less humor with each year. As a fan of the Spirit Awards early years, or at least the televised ones, its sad to see.

December 21 2007 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can't wait to hear dirty Wilson jokes.

December 21 2007 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What do you mean as single as Pam?

December 21 2007 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brent McKee

Jenna Fischer and her husband James Gunn separated on September 5. Not quite as single as Pam though.

December 21 2007 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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