Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' dominates 2018 Independent Spirit Awards

Peter Castro
March 5, 2018

She said she appreciated the fact she could swear during the more informal awards ("the dress code is "get dressed", co-host John Mulaney had quipped) and added: "I am independent and I'm spirited - that's why I'm here".

Groundbreaking director, Spike Lee, who won Best First-time Director himself at the Spirit Awards in 1986 and who teaches a masterclass in film direction at New York University, presented Peele with the Best Director statue.

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Janney told Xinhua that "can-do" spirit of "I, Tonya" that enabled them to get it done, "represents the best in independent cinema". But the film many consider the Oscar front-runner - Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water", up for a leading 13 nominations Sunday - was completely overlooked by the Spirits.

Asked about the fact Jimmy Kimmel has indicated he won't focus on Me Too and the Time's Up movement when hosting the Oscars on Sunday, she said: "Jimmy Kimmel's got a huge task in hand to host the Oscars".

Coming-of-age tale Call Me by Your Name had led the nominations going into the event.

Frances McDormand accepts Best Female Lead for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" onstage during the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Frances Mc Dormand in'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
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"Martin McDonagh knows a well-placed (expletive) makes a sentence sing like nothing else", McDormand said, as the crowd applauded.

Best supporting female and male went to I, Tonya's Alison Janney and Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards, while best screenplay went to Greta Gerwig for Ladybird.

The correlation of votes between the members of the Film Independent and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hasn't always existed, though - likely due to the combination of the financial limit and the Spirit Awards' specific celebration of "independent" movies - defined by the rules committee as meaning "uniqueness of vision" and "original/provocative subject matter".

Dee Rees' Mudbound received the Robert Altman Award, an ensemble honour given to one film's director, casting director and cast.

Get Out is only the second horror film to win best picture at the Spirits. The two are also nominated for an Oscar in the same category. With award season upon us, a lot of people are banking for the film to take home some major dubs at the Oscars.

"I thought the film was going to encounter, to say the least division, and that hasn't been the case", Lelio said backstage. She was awarded the newly-vested Bonnie Award, an award given to women filmmakers in mid-career, rather than first-timers. "And to Ava and all the strong women out there, thank you for being great role models".

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