Patton Oswalt's wings have been clipped. A week after the actor, comedian and Spirit Awards host declared his intention to replace the ceremony's usual avian-themed trophies with live birds, show organizer Film Independent announced that those plans have been grounded.
The birds "refused to cooperate," Film Independent said in a statement, which was accompanied by a humorous video professing to show Oswalt rehearsing with a dove. The tongue-in-cheek spot implies that the feathered prizes weren't getting along, with the dove being eaten by a majestic eagle.
No animals, we're sure, were harmed in the making of the video.
A person familiar with the show's plans said that organizers had, indeed, intended to carry out some sort of stunt involving live birds at the ceremony, which will be held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on March 1 and telecast that evening on IFC.
The gag, however, wasn't working out during rehearsals, prompting organizers to film the 30-second video spot as a sort of acknowledgment and make-good.