You can watch the Spirit Awards red-carpet arrivals live-streaming online at Yahoo! Movies directly from Santa Monica beach on Saturday, February 25. Film Independent and NowLive are co-producing “the official 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards Arrivals Show,” beginning at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET.
Arrivals show hosts include Elvis Mitchell, film critic and Film Independent at LACMA Curator; Alonso Duralde, TheWrap’s film critic and host of “What the Flick?!” on The Young Turks’ YouTube network; and Yahoo!’s Kristen Aldridge.
If you want to watch the Spirit Awards ceremony, that’ll have to wait until 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. CT) on IFC. Seth Rogen will host the proceedings. For now, the closest to “watching” the Spirit Awards online is the live chat provided by comedian Chris Gethard and film critic Matt Singer at IFC.com.
Spirit Awards 2012 presenters include The Descendants’ Shailene Woodley, Gimme Shelter / Fire with Fire‘s Rosario Dawson, Beginners’ Goran Visnjic, Texas Killing Fields / Red Dawn‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, John Carter / Rock of Ages’ Bryan Cranston, The Help / The Tree of Life‘s Jessica Chastain, Underworld: Awakening / Total Recall‘s Kate Beckinsale, Melancholia / On the Road‘s Kirsten Dunst, Take Shelter‘s Michael Shannon and The Surrogate / The Lincoln Lawyer‘s William H. Macy.
This year’s nominees for the Spirit Awards – handed out to independently made American films that cost less than $20 million – include Michel Hazanavicius’ French-made The Artist, Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe) for Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn, Elizabeth Olsen for Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Jean Dujardin for The Artist (on Friday, Dujardin surprisingly lost the Best Actor César Award), Christopher Plummer for Mike Mills’ Beginners, and Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz’ A Better Life.
Michelle Williams / My Week with Marilyn photo: Laurence Cendrowicz / The Weinstein Company