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Horror hit Get Out triumphs at Film Independent Spirit Awards (2018)

Get Out, Daniel Kaluuya

Story by Jack Foley

INDIE horror hit Get Out emerged as the big winner at this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards (2018).

The satirical horror, which is also in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars, was named best feature at this year’s ceremony, while first-time film-maker Jordan Peele was also named best director.

The film, costing just $4.5 million to make, became a critical and box office success. It stars British actor Daniel Kaluuya as a black photographer who is taken to meet his white girlfriend’s family, only to discover that they harbour a sinister secret.

Peele commented: “This project didn’t start as a statement, it began as me wanting to make a film in my favourite genre… Our truths are the most powerful weapons we have against the lies in this world so keep doing what you’re doing.”

Get Out‘s triumph in two of the top categories came at the expense of the bigger budget likes of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, I, Tonya and Call Me by Your Name. But all three films didn’t leave empty-handed either.

Three Billboards picked up two acting prizes, for Frances McDormand as best female lead, for playing a grieving mother, and for Sam Rockwell, as best supporting actor for his portrayal of a ruthless deputy.

Upon collecting her prize, McDormand said: “This award convention goes on for-fucking-ever. Thank you for having me here. I am independent and I am spirited.”

Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet won the award for best male lead for his performance as a teenager discovering his sexuality during a summer in Italy.

The 22-year-old was in jovial mood upon collecting his trophy, saying: “Two years ago I could get away with doing a movie where I had sex with a peach because no one knew who I was but now I have to be a bit more careful.”

Allison Janney continued her streak of best supporting actress wins for her performance in ice skating drama I, Tonya, while Greta Gerwig took home the award for best screenplay for her semi-autobiographical comedy Lady Bird.

“I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’m truly so grateful and shocked,” she said.

Dark Instagram satire Ingrid Goes West won best first feature, Faces Places was named best documentary and Chilean drama A Fantastic Woman picked up best international film.

The Robert Altman award, handed out to the year’s best director, casting director and ensemble cast, went to Second World War-era drama Mudbound.

Director Dee Rees paid tribute to her crew before critiquing the practice of handing out awards.

“Nothing diminishes or enhances the value of the work except the work itself and that’s what we put on screen,” she said.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony takes place on the eve of the year’s Oscars, albeit in a much more relaxed, beach-side environment.

The winners in full

Best feature
Get Out

Best male lead
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Best female lead
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best supporting male
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best supporting female
Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Best director
Jordan Peele, Get Out

Best screenplay
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Best documentary
Faces Places

Best international film
A Fantastic Woman

Best editing
Tatiana S Riegel, I, Tonya

Best first feature
Ingrid Goes West

Best first screenplay
Emily V Gordon and Kumail Nunjiani, The Big Sick

Robert Altman award

John Cassavetes award
Life and Nothing More

The Bonnie award
Chloé Zhao

Someone to watch award
Justin Chon, Gook

Truer than fiction award
Jonathan Olshefski, Quest

Piaget producers award
Summer Shelton