“Get Out” and its director Jordan Peele took top honors Saturday at the 33rd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Peele said his film "dove straight into the topic of bigotry and racism" but in an entertaining way.
"This is a scrappy movie I had to make," said Peele after his win. "We had 23 days. I had to put my heart and soul into it. I cried just about every night because it was so draining. I got up every morning and I brushed that off. I got it together, and I realized this is the best time of my life."
At the Spirit Awards, which took place a day before the 90th Academy Awards, Frances McDormand won Best Female Lead for her role in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Timothee Chalamet won Best Male Lead for “Call Me by Your Name,” Allison Janney won Best Supporting Female for “I, Tonya,” and Sam Rockwell took home the Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, also for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.” All but Chalamet took home the Oscar on Sunday, which went to Gary Oldman for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour.”
Netflix's “Mudbound,” a tale of a black and white family in the south during World War II, took home the 11th Robert Altman Award, which was given to the film's director (Dee Rees), casting director (Billy Hopkins and Ashley Ingrams) and ensemble cast.
Other winners included Greta Gerwig, Best Screenplay for “Lady Bird”; Best First Screenplay for “The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani; “Ingrid Goes West,” Best First Feature; John Cassavetes Award for best featured made under $500,000, “Life and Nothing More”; Best Cinematography, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom for “Call Me by Your Name”; Tatiana S. Riegel, Best Editing for “I, Tonya”; Best International Film, “A Fantastic Woman,” director Sebastian Lelio; and Best Documentary, “Faces Places.”