Art & Experience: Jessica Chastain the Oscar nominated actress of Interstellar, Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty has been named Honorary Chair for 2016’s Spirit Awards.

Josh Welsh, president of Film Independent, announced that actress Jessica Chastain (The Martian, A Most Violent Year, Interstellar, Tree of Life) has been named Honorary Chair for this year’s Spirit Awards.

“We’re so honored to have Jessica as our Honorary Chair at this year’s Spirit Awards,” said Welsh. “As a past Spirit Award nominee and someone whose work as an actor and producer embodies the qualities we celebrate at Film Independent, I can’t think of a more suitable Honorary Chair for this exciting celebration of artist-driven filmmaking.” Past Chairs include Kerry Washington, Tom Cruise, Benecio Del Toro, Angela Bassett, Jeremy Renner, Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Robert Duvall, Jodie Foster, Danny Glover, Harvey Keitel, Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Julianne Moore, Martin Scorsese and John Travolta. Chastain who said to be Al Pacino’s discovery in acting field  was nominated for a Spirit Award for her work in Take Shelter (2012) and A Most Violent Year (2015).

The Spirit Award which was given one night before Oscars previous years gives attention to the independent movies which were made out of studios with a budget under $500,000. In 2012, Asghar Farhadi’s Seperation won the best foreign film award. The 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which celebrates the best of independent film, will be on Feb. 27, 2016.