The winter months are a great time to cozy up with some delicious popcorn and watch the year’s most heralded. Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of venues including five major movie theaters in our 8.3 square miles, to view nominated flicks on the big screen as awards-season descends upon tinsel town.

Santa Monica residents can join in the movie magic with a chance to win exclusive access to the Film Independent Spirit Awards – dedicated to independent filmmakers – that have called Santa Monica home for over 30 years.

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) in partnership with ISA is giving away a highly-coveted pair of tickets to the Film Independent Spirit Awards, held at Santa Monica Beach on Saturday, February 8, 2020. To enter the contest, simply post a photo on social media now through January 27, 2020 from your favorite Santa Monica Pier business using #SMPierWinter and #SpiritAwards showing how you spend the not-so-warm months beachside in Santa Monica. For complete terms and conditions, visit

For the second year in a row, popular actress Aubrey Plaza returns to Santa Monica to host the Film Independent Spirit Awards show, celebrating its 35th year. This year’s best feature nominees include A Hidden Life, Clemency, The Farewell, Marriage Story and Uncut Gems. Enter today at for your chance to rub elbows with Hollywood’s elite.

Submitted by Misti Kerns

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