Q&A: Indie Spirits Host Patton Oswalt Sets the Record Straight: No Birds!
Funnyman Patton Oswalt will crack the host code when he emcees the 29th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards on the Santa Monica shore this Saturday.
Following Andy Samberg's act from a year ago, self-described film geek Oswalt has done his homework. "I'm pretty far gone in terms of watching a lot of movies," the "Young Adult" star told Yahoo Movies, "reading about them and being into all of the minutia." But Oswalt refuses to divulge any state secrets about his plans ("I am not going to say yet about singing or dancing or dramatic readings. I'm going to keep that under wraps") though he did clear up that whole "bird" story.
Yahoo Movies: Patton, you got flack when you announced you would award live birds, not bird-themed trophies, at the Indie Spirits.
Patton Oswalt: It's not happening. The birds were never going to happen. I didn't know that people would look at a throwaway joke and take it seriously. If it was an "SNL" comedy sketch, would people ask, "Did you really put a bass in a blender?" It's a comedy sketch, people.
YM: You are serious about your movies. Have you seen a theme emerge this year?
PO: There are movies about historical tragedies, small contemporary love stories, morality plays, high seas adventure – and I can't think of a common theme. But there is a crucial commonality: The makers really decided to roll the dice on what they created.
YM: With "12 Years a Slave" among the contenders, will it hinder developing comic material? How many "Schindler's List" jokes do you know?
PO: I've been wrestling with "12 Years a Slave." I'll have a better idea about what I'm going to say and how I' going to approach it once I sit down with my writers.
YM: And who are they?
PO: They're six of my close friends that I've been doing comedy with. We're all equally movie geeks.
YM: Do you have any fears about hosting?
PO: I'm a fan of the people in the room and I want to show them a good time. For a lot of young filmmakers, this is bigger than the Oscars. They deserve a good night and I don't want to be a hindrance to having a good time and feeling good about what they did. It's also a nice friends gathering in the afternoon to have some drinks. What's wrong with that?