Get Out: Winner of Best Picture and Best Director at Independent Spirit Award

Jordan Peele’s horror film with satirical touches, Get Out, dominated the 2018 Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday afternoon in the Santa Monica beach-set event, winning the two most important kudos: best picture and best director.

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Jordan Peele, ‘Get Out’ – Best Director
33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA – 03 Mar 2018

“It’s clear we are in the beginning of a renaissance right now where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honored and recognized and celebrated,” Peele said in his acceptance speech.

The award for best film, presented by “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, was given to producers Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., and Sean McKittrick along with Peele.

“Get Out” won over “Call Me by Your Name,” “The Florida Project,” “Lady Bird” and “The Rider.”

Frances McDormand, in an F-bomb laden speech (“The awards convention is too f–king long”), accepted the best female lead award at the Spirit Awards for the dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Timothee Chalamet won best male lead for the gay drama “Call Me by Your Name.”

Spike Lee made the presentation of the director award to Peele, who has been nominated for Oscars in the best picture, best director and best original screenplay categories. “I would not be here without him,” Peele said of Lee.

Peele concluded by saying, “Our truths are most powerful weapons against the lies in the world, so keep doing what you’re doing.”

“Get Out” was shot in 23 days on a $4.5 million budget. It was by far the most commercially successful film among Spirit Awards nominees with more than $250 million in worldwide box office for Universal.

Sam Rockwell won the best supporting actor award at the Spirit Awards for his performance as a racist deputy in “Three Billboards.” “I’ve been in 932 independent films. I’m very familiar with the phrase ‘scale plus 10,’” said Rockwell in his acceptance speech.

In the first major acting award of the afternoon, Allison Janney won the best supporting actress award for portraying a demented mother in “I, Tonya.”

Janney, who’s favored to win the category at Sunday’s Oscar Awards, topped Holly Hunter for “The Big Sick,” Laurie Metcalf for “Lady Bird,” Lois Smith for “Marjorie Prime,” and Taliah Lennice Webster for “Good Time.”

Greta Gerwig won the best screenplay award for her Oscar-nominated coming-of-age comedy-drama “Lady Bird.” She gave extensive thanks to Oscar-nominated actresses Soirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf and the producers, then singled out her family.

“Thank you to my parents for watching the plays that I put on in the living room and thank you to my brother and sister for acting in them,” she said.

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani  won for best first screenplay for their Oscar-nominated “The Big Sick.” The script, which is based on the story of the real-life couple’s decade-old courtship, won over the scripts for “Donald Cried,” “Women Who Kill,” “Columbus” and “Ingrid Goes West.”

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom won the cinematography award for gay love story, Call Me By Your Name in the first trophy handed out Saturday.

“Ingrid Goes West” won best first feature for Matt Spicer.

“Life and Nothing More” won the Spirit’s John Cassavetes Award for writer-director Antonio Méndez Esparza. The best international film trophy went to the Chilean drama “A Fantastic Woman” and director Sebastián Lelio. It’s favored to win the best foreign language film at the Oscars.

Chloe Zhao, director of “The Rider,” won the first Bonnie Award to honor a mid-career female filmmaker. French documentary “Faces Places” won that category for co-directors Agnes Varda, who is 89, and JR and producer Rosalie Varda, Agnes Varda’s daughter.