- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - “Saturday Night Live’s” Kate McKinnon and “Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani will co-host the 31st annual Independent Spirit Awards.

Film Independent President Josh Welsh made the announcement Thursday.

McKinnon has been nominated for multiple Emmys for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” where she’s best known for such impressions as Hillary Clinton and Justin Bieber. Nanjiani is a comedic writer and actor, known for HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and films such as “The Five-Year Engagement.”

The awards celebrate the best in independent filmmaking. With its tent on the beach in Santa Monica, the event serves as a relaxed, low-key lead-up to the Academy Awards.

Awards will be handed out in a ceremony broadcast live on IFC on Feb. 27, the day before the Oscars.

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