Get Out took home the top prize of Best Feature tonight at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Peele also took home the trophy for Best Director in what could possibly be one of the most banner years for people of color and women at the annual ceremony that celebrates independent film.

Out of the 20 awards given out tonight, 13 were given to people of color and women. Dee Rees, who was presented along with her cast and crew of Mudbound with the Robert Altman Award said it best in her electrifying acceptance speech: “I know that we, of all makers, are far, far beyond any identity tokenism or snobbery of form.”

In addition to Peele and Rees, Greta Gerwig won Best Screenplay for Lady Bird and newcomer Chloe Zhao was presented with the inaugural Bonnie Award which honors a mid-career female director. The award is named after Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, who joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani took home Best First Screenplay for The Big Sick while Justin Chon, director of last year’s standout L.A. riot film Gook, was honored with the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

Diversity on the acting accolades weren’t as diverse but still deserved. Timothee Chalamet won for Best Male Lead and Frances McDormand won for Best Female Lead For supporting roles Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell took home Spirit Awards.

The Spirit Awards might be a forecast of what to expect tomorrow at the Academy Awards. Last year, Moonlight won Best Feature and went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. History might repeat itself for Get Out.

But its the Spirit Awards for acting aren’t exactly an exact predictor of who will win on Sunday, but it doesn’t hurt to use it as a barometer. The last time all four winners from the Spirits matched up with the winners at the Oscars was in 2013. Last year, the only Spirit Award acting winner that went on to get Oscar gold was Casey Affleck.

With the hysterical Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting the Spirits for the second time, the ceremony was filled with great moments and was a great amuse bouche for tomorrow’s Oscars. Read the complete winners list and how it all went down below.

COMPLETE WINNERS LIST 

BEST FEATURE
Get Out

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Frances McDormand
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST MALE LEAD
Timothée Chalamet
Call Me By Your Name

BEST DIRECTOR
Jordan Peele
Get Out   

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Faces Places
Directors: Agnés Varda, JR
Producer: Rosalie Varda

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Sam Rockwell
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST SCREENPLAY
Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast
Mudbound
Director: Dee Rees
Casting Directors: Billy Hopkins, Ashley Ingram
Ensemble Cast: Jonathan Banks, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Rob Morgan, Carey Mulligan

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
The Big Sick 
BEST EDITING
Tatiana S. Riegel
I, Tonya   

BONNIE AWARD
Chloé Zhao

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM

A Fantastic Woman
Chile
Director: Sebastián Lelio
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Life and nothing more
Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza
Producers: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Ingrid Goes West
Director: Matt Spicer
Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Allison Janney
I, Tonya

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Call Me By Your Name

KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Justin Chon

PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Summer Shelton

SEATTLE STORY AWARD
Matty Brown

JEEP BRAND TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Jonathan Olshefski

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:36 pm

We’re waiting for the Oscar eve lunch to begin here. Typically before IFC airs, John Mulaney and Nick Kroll will hand out a couple of awards that you don’t see on air.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:37 pm

This has always been a laid-back show, and candid too, not too far from the Golden Globes in its pungent sense of humor. They literally start pouring the whiskey inside the lunch tent and in the back at 11am. Hope everyone here ate enough breakfast burritos before the show.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:37 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed Mulaney and Kroll at last year’s Spirit Awards. Then again, I’m a huge fan of both.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:38 pm

Breakfast burritos and whiskey should be served at every awards ceremony.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:38 pm

This being a casual and candid show — the Independent Spirit awards is the show that Hillary Swank literally biked to the year she was nominated.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:39 pm

…and it’s good to see that the LA rain let up just in time for the ceremony.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:39 pm

I wonder if anyone else biked to this year’s ceremony.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:40 pm

That’s right Dino. Skies all clear here. Very sunny. And let me tell you, if it was raining, it’s never a good situation. Press tent floods big time, and water even seeps into the main tent. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:42 pm

Last year at this time, La La Land wasn’t nominated…and everyone thought it would take best picture at the Oscars. Meanwhile Moonlight walks away with best feature, director, screenplay, editing, and cinematography here at the Spirits. No one really had a clue that it would go on to steal best picture the next night. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:42 pm

And the fact that the Spirit Awards takes place in a beachside tent makes it probably the most L.A. ceremony of the awards season.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20181:43 pm

Certainly the breeziest 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:43 pm

And Moonlight was honored with the Robert Altman Award last year. Barry Jenkins won Best Director as well. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:45 pm

This year, Mudbound is getting the Robert Altman Award — one of my personal faves of the year. Was a fan of Dee Rees ever since Pariah — which won the John Cassavetes Award in 2012.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:46 pm

On stage, in addition to great jokes, political views can feasibly expressed here (off leaning left). That said, those celebs attending today mainly kept warm instead of all dressing in black like we saw at the Globes. Allison Janney who is up for best supporting actress here and at Oscars was in a tall pink dress; Allison Williams wore a hunter green dress, Oscar nominee and Spirit nonminee Emily V. Gordon was in a blue and white stripped dress while Lady Bird’s Beanie Feldstein came in a short white/red flower black dress. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:47 pm

No pins — I think everyone is saving those for tomw night. Beanie now taking stage to present best cinematography

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:47 pm

Allison Janney:

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:47 pm

Here’s who is up for Best DP:

Thimios Bakatakis, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Elisha Christian, Columbus

Hélène Louvart, Beach Rats

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me by Your Name

Joshua James Richards, The Rider

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:47 pm

Allison Williams:

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:48 pm

Emily V. Gordon:

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:49 pm

Best Cinematography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me by Your Name

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:50 pm

Sayombhu not nominated at the Oscars tomw night :-(

Beautifully shot movie. Did you see Call Me By Your Name Dino?
Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:50 pm

Beanie Feldstein with Lady Bird co-star Saoirse Ronan.

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Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:50 pm

Of course…currently reading the book now!

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:51 pm

CMBYN made me want to move to Italy in the ’80s and listen to Psychedelic Furs all day.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20181:52 pm

Armie Hammer’s least comfortable scene, dancing to their tune

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:52 pm

I had to share a pic of Danai Gurira’s flowy, yet casual outfit. #WakandaForever 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:54 pm

Dino, if Get Out wins best feature today, it could be an indicator to upsetting best picture tom’w night at the Oscars. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:55 pm

I am rooting for Get Out honestly. It’s one of the only films of the nominees that speaks to our times.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:57 pm

As mentioned above, the Best Feature winner at Spirit Awards has gone on to win the top prize at the Oscars for the last four years. Moonlight won the Spirit Award last year and it went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:57 pm

…but of course, we remember how Moonlight won…but we won’t get into that.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:57 pm

“Keep your speeches to a minute” is the mandate for TKU speeches.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:57 pm

Ok, we are less than three minutes away from showtime!

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:58 pm

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20181:59 pm

Can’t agree with you more Dino on Get Out. We need a film that really speaks to what’s going on right now (no disrespect to love stories b/t women and sea creatures). 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20181:59 pm

Yes, I love a sea creature love story like the next person, but Get Out is just so relevant.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:00 pm

…but Shape of Water seems to be the frontrunner. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:00 pm

It’s showtime!

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:00 pm

Certainly very worthy, very ambitious independent filmmaking

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:00 pm

Can you believe Shape was made for $19 million? I can’t

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:01 pm

Hysterical opening Dino…with titles over various images…Florida Project with a shot of the elderly walking the beach. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:02 pm

That opening with all that stock footage of random things was the best.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:02 pm

“The Independent Spirit Awards where the dress code is ‘get dressed'”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:03 pm

Mulaney and Kroll out of the gate delivering the funny with that “cum peach” line.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:03 pm

“The only show where your Uber x driver is nervous to drop you off,” says Mulaney about the Independent Spirit awards. 

 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:03 pm
Timothee Chalamet showing Armie Hammer, in half dress, skyping in
matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:04 pm

“Last year, everyone famous died. This year, everyone famous wishes they were dead”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:05 pm

Uh oh…Mulaney and Kroll going after Weinstein. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:05 pm

“Fun way to commit suicide is to cut in front of her in
line and say ‘Hey lady relax'” says Mulaney on Frances McDormand

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:05 pm

going for the jugular on Weinstein and his “XXL unmarked grave”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:05 pm

Brett Ratner is next

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:06 pm

Mulaney and Kroll taking down sexual predators. Kroll says that Ratner constantly scratched an inappropriate area — and touched six different donunts. “He grabbed one and walked away…if that’s the way he treats donuts”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:06 pm

I could not handle that story about that donuts.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:06 pm

“With Kevin Space, can we still love K-Pax?” Kroll giving the 2x Oscar winner a pass. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:07 pm

The duo is definitely going rapid fire with these alleged sex offenders…and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:07 pm

“The male apology has become an art form”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:07 pm

Kroll calls Spacey coming out of the closet at time of apology last fall “a Keyser Soze like twist”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:07 pm

Mulaney and Kroll are killing it with uncomfortable material in the room

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:08 pm

…looks like they ended the sexual offender talk…for now.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:08 pm

Enough of topical comedy for now…

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:08 pm

“Independent Spirit Awards …it sounds like something you say at the eulogy of a drug addict: ‘He was really an Independent Spirit.'” says Mulaney

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:08 pm

“It kind of ruined being white for me” —Kroll on Get Out.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:10 pm

Snaps to Mulaney’s RuPaul’s Drag Race reference: “Chalamet Away”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:10 pm

“Armie Hammer so handsome it makes Jon Hamm sound like Tony Baloney” – Kroll. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:10 pm

Kroll: “Fun fact, lady bird is also what Tommy Wiseau calls swans”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:10 pm

“Sour shoes Ronan” — Mulaney botching Saoirse Ronan’s name. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:10 pm

Cut to: Tommy Wiseau looking unimpressed.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:12 pm

“The cast of Menashe makes me look like Armie Hammer” —Kroll

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:12 pm

Kroll: We’ll admit guys, there’s times we wish the election went the other way

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:13 pm

Mulaney calls Trump “demented game show host who takes over the United States”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:13 pm

“No one would want to see that movie”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:13 pm

People come up to comedians like Mulaney and say about the Trump era “You can’t write this stuff”..His response…”You can, but who would want to?”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:13 pm

Molly Shannon reveals how her life has changed since winnie an Indie Spirit last year. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:14 pm

Starting big here with best supporting actress.  Nominees:

Holly Hunter, The Big Sick

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime

Taliah Lennice Webster, Good Time

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:14 pm

Will Holly Hunter get her moment here?

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:15 pm

Or will it be Oscar frontrunner Allison Janney?

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:15 pm

I’m looking at Janney for this…

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:15 pm

and you are right…

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:15 pm

WINNER

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE 
Allison Janney
I, Tonya     


Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:16 pm

Great job from Neon/30WEST in getting ‘I Tonya’ into the awards conversation pronto after picking it up at TIFF for $5M. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:16 pm

It would appear there’s no one who can shake her from an Oscar for her I, Tonya role.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:17 pm

I agree Matt. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:17 pm

Yup. At this point, it’s hers to lose.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:17 pm

Janney wrote her speech on the back of her crowded itinerary for today

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:17 pm

That little bird in the movie should get part of this award.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:17 pm

I concur 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:17 pm

256 scenes in 2 days…make-up spanning 20 years….Robbie doing a triple axel..the BTS wonders of I Tonya. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:18 pm

A movie that should have gotten more recognition this season. Margot Robbie…incredible performance

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:18 pm

Agree.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:19 pm

The movie was a riveting story told with such class…and trash.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:21 pm

At this point, the only person who can steal Best Supporting from Janney at the Oscars is Laurie Metcalf…but I think the dark horse is Lesley Manville.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:22 pm

Dino, did you see Killing of a Sacred Deer? Totally gonzo and fun. You’ll think twice before eating spaghetti again

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:22 pm

Manville was the only thing that captivated me in Phantom Thread. She scared me.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:22 pm

Sacred Deer was TOTALLY BONKERS.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:22 pm

…and that’s why I loved it.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:22 pm

I think Sacred Deer was a mix of Biblical and Greek Tragedy, more so on the latter. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:23 pm

I don’t know who this house band is. I’m uncool.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:23 pm

Love it sound snafu. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:23 pm

On stage: “Rel Howery and Lil Kumail”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:24 pm

Lil Rel Howery and Nanjiani debating best first movies 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:24 pm

Oh boy, extended snafu. They’re riffing

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:24 pm

and they’re lifting the curtain on how all their jokes are scripted, not off the cuff, as great as they are. “Go up, go up” Kumail ordering the tele-prompter.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:25 pm

This is kind of hilarious and obnoxious.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:25 pm

Oh boy, this show is going long

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:25 pm

But the fact that it is Howery and Nanjiani makes it great.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:25 pm

“This is not a bit” – Howery

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:25 pm

Nanjiani is insisting they make this right….

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:26 pm

Best first feature nominees:

BEST FIRST FEATURE

 

COLUMBUS

DIRECTOR: Kogonada

PRODUCERS: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Aaron Boyd, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz

INGRID GOES WEST

DIRECTOR: Matt Spicer

PRODUCERS: Jared Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White

MENASHE

DIRECTOR: Joshua Z. Weinstein

PRODUCERS: Yoni Brook, Traci Carlson, Daniel Finkelman, Alex Lipschultz

OH LUCY!

DIRECTOR: Atsuko Hirayanagi

PRODUCERS: Jessica Elbaum, Yukie Kito, Han West

PATTI CAKE$

DIRECTOR: Geremy Jasper

PRODUCERS: Chris Columbus, Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Noah Stahl, Rodrigo Teixeira

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:26 pm

Kroll comes on to try to salvage this long moment

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:26 pm

Of the nominees I am rooting for Ingrid Goes West or Patti Cake$.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:26 pm

…but Columbus was gorgeous.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:27 pm

Incredible film Dino

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:27 pm

Loved, loved Ingrid Goes West. Even better: Aubrey Plaza produces her own canon; great way to ensure what’s brand is intact. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:27 pm

Same here

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:27 pm

Awesome!! Ingrid Goes West. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:27 pm

Ingrid Goes West was exceptionally well written and performed. Unique story for the modern age

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:27 pm

WINNER

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Ingrid Goes West
Director: Matt Spicer
Producers: Jared Ian Goldman, Adam Mirels, Robert Mirels, Aubrey Plaza, Tim White, Trevor White

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:27 pm

Social media stalking gone very bad

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:27 pm

YES. I watched Ingrid multiple times. Love, love, LOVED it.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:28 pm

David Branson Smith and Matt Spicer wrote the script two years ago, one writing spot was in cafe in Culver City. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:28 pm

Backstage — Allison Janney: “This is the closest i’ll get to being an olympic figure skater, and that’s just fine with me”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:30 pm
Backstage — Allison Janney: “Steven Rogers says he wrote this role [to give me my greatest role so far]. He was frustrated not seeing me do the roles he knew I could do. I play some confused and complicated women but not anyone this dark. I don’t think you traditionally think of dark people when you think of me. I don’t think people think of me that way. I guess I’m going to play more evil, dark characters. That’s what’s in my future.”
Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:30 pm

Dino, while we’re on commercial break,this is hands down my favorite moment from Indie Spirits in recent memory: Kate McKinnon going full on ‘Carol’:

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:31 pm

I’m extremely satisfied with that Best First Feature win. Ingrid very deserving. Last year’s winner was The Witch — a different kind of film, obviously.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:31 pm

Backstage — Janney on challenges of the role: It was difficult to find the way to be that mean to someone, and really sit in it comfortably, to feel that her methods were justified, to give [Tonya] the benefit of a better life.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:31 pm

Anthony: I re-watched that Carol bit over and over again. It is still funny to this day.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:32 pm

Janney was thrilled by the opportunity to transform her appearance for the role of the elder LaVona

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:32 pm

Have you watched real footage of LaVona? Janney’s performance of her is so uncanny that it’s scary.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:33 pm

Backstage — Allison Janney on the Oscars tomorrow: “I think Jimmy Kimmel’s got a huge task at hand to host the Oscars and I know he’s gonna do a fantastic job. I think the movement is being addressed in so many other ways, I couldn’t begin to judge [what he does]. I adore him.”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:34 pm

Kristen Wiig on stage in character. This should be good

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:35 pm

This year’s Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award went to Justin Chon for Gook — a great film about the Korean American perspective of the LA riots.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:35 pm

Anytime we see Wiig in a wig, we know we’re in for something good.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:35 pm

Ingrid Goes West team coming backstage now

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:36 pm

Wiig as this fictitious Fay Fontaine is quite amusing. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:36 pm

“Back when I made the film is more expensive than the dresses in this room” Fay Fontaine….Hollywood legend. Hysterical. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:36 pm

Is she supposed to be like 110 or something? She looks good for her age.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:37 pm

“Pictures are loud and none of the stories or people are good any more”…priceless Wiig. They should shuttle her over to the Dolby for tomw night. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:37 pm

The entire Ingrid producing team is back here with dir. Matt Spicer

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:38 pm

“next two presenters have a lot in common…that’ s wonderful when two people know each other” –Wiig’s 110-year old Fay Fontaine. “I’ve been very old for 30 years.” 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:38 pm

Backstage — Matt Spicer: “It was a weirdly quick process, how the movie came together. We finished the script in Nov. 2015, sent the script to CAA and almost immediately, we heard that Aubrey had read it and wanted to meet. I was confident that she was this character, and wanted to make the same movie.”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:39 pm

Fay can’t read the teleprompter, so she’s moving closer to it…oh wow. That bit was too much.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:39 pm

“She’s been a Scarlett Witch and he’s been a vampire. Sounds like they got gypped at the Halloween store”..says Fay….it’s Elizabeth Olsen and Robert Pattinson….”they didn’t tell us that would happen” says Olsen.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:40 pm

“They didn’t tell us that was going to happen before we agreed to this,” laughs Elizabeth Olsen awkwardly in regards to Wiig’s bit as 110-year-old Hollywood starlet, Fay Fontaine.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:41 pm

Olsen and Robert Pattinson presenting John Cassavetes Award.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:41 pm

WINNER

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD

Life and nothing more

Writer/Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza

Producers: Amadeo Hernández Bueno, Alvaro Portanet Hernández, Pedro Hernández Santos

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:42 pm

BTW: I’m still laughing at Wiig looking lost in the background as Olsen and Pattinson presented the John Cassavetes Award. Her commitment to the bit must be applauded.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:47 pm

Very long show..we’ve only gotten through a few awards…Many more to go. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:49 pm

Hopefully they will fit it into the 2.5 hours. Some of the bits may be taking longer than expected…specifically that one with Howery and Nanjiani.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:49 pm
Backstage: Antonio Méndez Esparza, Life and Nothing More – “In the end, this is for the actors. I wish I had better words when I gave my [speech]. Without all the people in the cast, the movie would be nothing. It’s a movie that doesn’t come from me. It comes from them.”
Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:49 pm

ICYMI: The band that I am too uncool to know about is Sunflower Bean.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:50 pm

Jason Clarke and Salma Hayek Pinault are up presenting Best International Film…

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:50 pm

“I should mention that this award has never gone to a sh*thole nation—because there are no sh*thole nations” — Salma Hayek digs at Trump

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:50 pm

While presenting noms for International Film

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:51 pm

Loved BPM by the way…so tragic. And when a French film is wildly tragic, you know it’s good.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:51 pm

…but Fantastic Woman seems to be the fave.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:52 pm

WINNER

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
A Fantastic Woman
Chile
Director: Sebastián Lelio 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:52 pm

I was right with my predicition! 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:53 pm

And I believe it’s the lead contender for tomw night. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:53 pm

Absolutely

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:54 pm

Still need to see…but have heard nothing but great things about it.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:54 pm

Ava Duvernay presenting a brand new award

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:54 pm

Ava DuVernay is this year’s Honorary Chair…

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:54 pm

The Bonnie Award

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20182:54 pm

The Bonnie award…for Mid career women directors…

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:54 pm

Named for the first female pilot to fly for a major US airline — a woman who is in the audience today

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:54 pm

Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the inaugural Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:56 pm

Chloé Zhao wrote and directed Songs My Brothers Taught Me.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:58 pm

Zhao’s The Rider is nominated tonight for Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Feature and Best Editing.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20182:58 pm

Zhao thanks Frances McDormand and others for being strong female role models

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:58 pm

WINNER

BONNIE AWARD

Chloe Zhao

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20182:59 pm

A nice short an sweet acceptance speech by Zhao where she appreciated all who were involved in her films.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:00 pm

14 more awards. I think there’s an another hour and a half to go. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:00 pm

Speaking of biking here Dino, I don’t know where the nearest bike rack is on site. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:01 pm

I guess you could bring it in to an entrance and ask security ‘Hey, can you watch this?’

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:02 pm

I think you can check your bike in at coat check.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:02 pm

Or parked in one of the several tents surrounding the area. Speaking of the location of the Indie Spirits tent this year, it’s immediately north of the main famed Santa Monica Pier with the ferris wheel. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:03 pm

In earlier years it was farther south, in Santa Monica, but further down the road heading to Venice. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:03 pm

Or maybe a bike valet? It is LA after all. As they say in Clueless, “Everywhere you go has valet.”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:03 pm

John Cho and Kathryn Hahn presenting for Best Editing. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:04 pm

Many people don’t know but the behind the scenes of hosting an event on the beach here in Santa Monica is a big deal. It’s why you don’t see a lot of events. Especially when there’s alcohol being served. There’s a whole city council thing,etc  However, Independent Spirit has had their respected footprint here for quite some time. But if you think about it — not a lot of cinematic events on the Santa Monica beach, and there’s a reason for it. (It’s also $$$)

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:04 pm
Backstage: Sebastián Lelio, A Fantastic Woman“It’s a very special moment. Last night the film was broadcast on TV and it was the biggest ratings, so it was hugely seen and really awakened both sides, the people that are inspired by the idea of embracing the idea of the complexity of life, and those who think [certain] people should be locked up.  It speaks to how urgent the conversation is. There’s no such thing as an illegitimate person.”
Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:04 pm

They said they wanted to tell an editing joke, but it was edited out. ZING!

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:05 pm

WINNER

BEST EDITING 

Tatiana S. Riegel
I, Tonya   

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:05 pm

I felt that win in my bones.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:06 pm
Backstage: Sebastián Lelio, A Fantastic Woman: “A year and a few weeks ago, the film was presented for the first time in Berlin and I was ready to be crucified. It hasn’t been a case. It’s been a year of the film finding champions. I think what surprises me the most is I can see that the film has been understood and that our intention to create a film that has the capacity to generate an emotional connection worked. I think when that channel is open, the emotional challenge, the political ideas and social dimension of the film can travel through that more effectively.”
matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:07 pm
Backstage: Lelio – “I think that nominations and awards are an indicator to people that some things should be seen. I consider them like an amplifier. It means people will discover the film, and that’s why we make films. That’s the biggest reward.”
Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:08 pm

Ready Player One stars Lena Waithe and Ben Mendelsohn presenting Best First Screenplay. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:08 pm

Lena Waithe and Ben Mendelsohn says that they’re not here to promote their new movie — Ready Player One. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:08 pm

Mendelsohn takes a moment to praise Waithe’s success as the first black female to win an Emmy for comedy writing.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:08 pm

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

 

Kris Avedisian, Kyle Espeleta (story by), Jesse Wakeman (story by)Donald Cried

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick

Ingrid Jungermann, Women Who Kill

Kogonada, Columbus

David Smith, Matt Spicer, Ingrid Goes West

 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:09 pm

Side note: Waithe will be a guest on the New Hollywood podcast next week, so look out for that :)

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:09 pm
Backstage – Chloé Zhao, The Rider director on future plans:  “I’m working on a sci-fi set in the Northwest region of China, so I’d love to go back.”
matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:10 pm
Zhao credits her cinematographer with half of her success
Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:10 pm

WINNER 

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani

The Big Sick  

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:10 pm

A well deserved win for Nanjiani and Gordon — a married couple IRL.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:11 pm

“This is not a story oft told or seen in theaters” — Gordon

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:12 pm

Gordon says my dad never cheated on my mom we made that up for the movie…”that we know of” jokes Nanjiani.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:12 pm

“No reward for what we went through emotionally and physically to be up here,” says Kumail about winning best first screenplay for Big Sick. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:12 pm

Unlikely to see this pay off at the Oscars, though I’d like to see it happen

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:13 pm

Glad that The Big Sick is getting recognition this awards season. I remember seeing it at Sundance and was all up in my feelings about it.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:14 pm

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:15 pm

DINO: The house band is Sunflower Bean. Here’s the AllMusic dossier on them by Marcy Donselson: “Marked by two vocalists who often take turns within a song, Sunflower Bean is an indie pop trio out of Brooklyn. Formed in August 2013 with singer/guitarist Nick Kivlen, singer/bassist Julia Cumming, and drummer Jacob Faber — all teenagers at the time — they quickly earned attention for their alternately rock-edged and dreamy guitar tunes, and were invited to open on tours for the likes of DIIV and the Vaccines beginning shortly after their first EP, Show Me Your Seven Secrets, arrived in October 2015. Produced by Matthew Molnar, formerly of indie pop group FriendsSunflower Bean‘s debut LP, Human Ceremony, was issued by Fat Possum in early 2016. By December the same year, they had begun work on their follow-up. Whereas their debut featured tracks they had been writing since the band’s formation, the material on their sophomore record was written over a 12-month period. The resulting album, Twentytwo in Blue, saw release in early 2018.”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:15 pm

And yes Matt, I agree with you.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:15 pm

A well deserved win for Nanjiani and Gordon — a married couple IRL.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:15 pm
Backstage – Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya editor: “I think [I, Tonya]’s a really great film. It’s fun, it’s emotional, it’s tragic, it’s hysterical, and I think it’s something people don’t expect.”
Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:16 pm

Now I know about Sunflower Bean. I feel like a hip milennial.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:16 pm

Janelle Monae is out on stage to present the Robert Altman Award to Mudbound.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:16 pm

Backstage – Riegel on gender parity below the line and above: “There is a disparity, there definitely is. I think all this conversation is extremely helpful. I think it sadly will take a little more time to get parity, but the conversation is good, and it’s making it more difficult for people to do less, because they’re going to get caught.”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:17 pm

Side note: Monae was in Moonlight, which won the Robert Altman Award last year.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:18 pm

Mudbound was a gut punch of heavy emotion for me — what were your thoughts on it Anthony and Matt?

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:19 pm

‘Mudbound’ was epic. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:19 pm

..and it was also the top acquisition at the 2017 Sundance with Netflix shelling out $12.5M. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:19 pm

The pic dropped on streaming back in November. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:19 pm

Yes…it also deserves to be seen on the big screen.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:20 pm

and broke through at the Oscars with 4 Oscar noms including best supporting actress for Mary J. Blige. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:20 pm

“Cinema lies in absorbing electrifying performances that make them think and observe the world around them” —Rees

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:21 pm

And Dino..Mudbound is gorgeous on the big screen. 70MM would have been great for this.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:21 pm

Rachel Morrison made this film gorgeous….

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:22 pm

Rees is taking us to church and film school with her acceptance speech…

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:23 pm

And side note: Morrison, who is nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography, also did the cinematography for Black Panther.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:23 pm

Rees seems like she is recognizing nearly every single actor and crew member  in Mudbound.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:23 pm

Mudbound is cinema.”  — Rees

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:24 pm

And a huge roar of applause for her here in the tent. 

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“That was so poetic Dee, thank you.”—Rob Morgan

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:25 pm

“We thank our fearless leader Dee Rees for having the nuts to do this film.” — Morgan

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:26 pm

John Mulaney –“this is the time when we do our in-memoriam but not a lot of famous people died this year”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:27 pm

“We’ll use a lot of stars to big budget films” – Mulaney and Kroll citing Jennifer Lawrence. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:27 pm

“Only Charles Manson and Jerry Lewis. No one wants to see that”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:27 pm

They are about to do an “In Memoriam” for stars they are about to lose.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:27 pm

And now Andy Samberg, in hair and makeup, singing “Don’t you forget about me”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:27 pm

Believe he did something similar at last year’s ceremony

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:28 pm

Ah, I see. Andy Samberg is Judd Nelson in this colorful rendition with special lyrics written for the occasion 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:28 pm

Samberg in character as Bender from The Breakfast Club is quite the sight.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:28 pm

Yup. Don’t know if the crowd is really feeling this.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:28 pm

Love it…Samberg calling out Jordan Peele, Kumail Nanjiani, Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet…”we’ll still pronounce your name the pretentious way” if he stays indie.  

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:29 pm

Kroll and Mulaney carry Samberg off stage. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:30 pm

For those of you who need a reference for Samberg’s look:

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:33 pm

The Mudbound group is making its way backstage now

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:33 pm

Quite a speech earlier from Dee Rees

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:34 pm

Amanda Seyfried and Ethan Hawke presenting Best Screenplay.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:34 pm

BEST SCREENPLAY

 

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Azazel Jacobs, The Lovers

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Mike White, Beatriz at Dinner

 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:35 pm

Backstage – Dee Rees: “I love actors who like to play, like to work. I can’t put anything on the screen that these guys won’t work. Working with Rachel [Morrison, DP] was great because we really treated it like a documentary, in some ways. We wanted it to feel like life.”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:35 pm

This will be interesting. Oscar bets that original goes to Peele, which took the WGA

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:36 pm

I am also looking at Peele for this one.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:36 pm

WOW GRETA GERWIG …LADY BIRD!!! 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:36 pm

THAT’S SO AWESOME. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:36 pm

WINNER 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Greta Gerwig
Lady Bird    

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:36 pm

Good for Gerwig — but was still rooting for Peele on this.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:36 pm

“I didn’t think this would happen!” beams Gerwig.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:36 pm
Backstage – Dee Rees: “I would hope that on a craft level, people can see us not just as women but as creators. We can talk about craft, not the identity of the maker. At a story level, we can look at our heritage, how we came to be here. I think the film invites us to consider ourselves on a lot of different levels.”
matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:37 pm
Garrett Hedlund: “The most difficult scene was letting Jason Clarke beat the sh*t out of me.”
Jason Clarke: “That was easy for me.”
Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:38 pm

Gerwig genuinely seemed like she didn’t think she would win!

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:38 pm

“Truly grateful and shocked” says Gerwig who thanked her parents for watching her to put on plays at home and her siblings for starring in them. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:38 pm

Dino, she has to win something tom’w. I just feel it. I don’t know what…

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:39 pm
Backstage – Dee Rees: “I hope that these conversations mean something to young men because as they see women running things, it’ll change things in the world.”
Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:39 pm

I think so too. With all the attention Lady Bird has been getting, Gerwig is destined for something.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:40 pm

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:42 pm

Last year’s Best Screenplay went to Moonlight and it went on to win Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars. You think Lady Bird can nab gold tomorrow? 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:43 pm

Timothee Chalamet and Margot Robbie presenting best supporting male. Here we go. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:43 pm

Chalamet looking VERY casual.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:43 pm

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

 

Nnamdi Asomugha, Crown Heights

Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name

Barry Keoghan, The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Benny Safdie, Good Time

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:43 pm

It’s Rockwell. Gotta be. 

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:44 pm

Backstage –  Kumail Nanjiani: “We were very lucky on this movie that every single person who worked on it felt very connected to it. Making this movie, for the first time I really understood the true artists…It really felt like all these people coming together to make one organism.”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:44 pm

Backstage – Emily V. Gordon: “The condition I have is really, really rare and I’ve now met two people that have it, and it’s bonkers. It’s not like a sexy celebrity story, but it’s amazing to be able to compare notes with people with a rare condition.”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:44 pm
Backstage – Emily V. Gordon on reliving difficult period in her life: “It’s not easy. I don’t know if it’s better but we were born out of fire, and it’s been really nice to go back and shine that up nice and pretty. It’s still a condition I deal with and work on. I think it’s helped us have more perspective on it.”
Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:44 pm

WINNER

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

Sam Rockwell
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri    

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:45 pm

Reaction from Gordon’s parents after seeing the success of their film, and their use of personal lives in the film: “Don’t use this!”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:45 pm

Sam Rockwell wearing a Time’s Up pin. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:45 pm

“I’m familiar with microbudget and scale +10” says Rockwell. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:47 pm

Love how Rockwell thanked his therapist.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:47 pm

If I were an actor and won an award, I would bring my therapist on stage with me.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:48 pm

I am thinking that Rockwell has the Oscar in the bag for this one.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:52 pm

Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein presenting Best Documentary.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:53 pm

BEST DOCUMENTARY

 

THE DEPARTURE

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Lana Wilson

FACES PLACES

DIRECTORS: Agnés Varda, JR

PRODUCER: Rosalie Varda

LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

DIRECTOR: Feras Fayyad

PRODUCERS: Kareem Abeed, Steen Jespersen, Stefan Kloos

MOTHERLAND

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Ramona S. Diaz

PRODUCER: Rey Cuerdo

QUEST

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Olshefski

PRODUCER: Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

(Award given to the director and producer)

 


Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:53 pm

Wow….Faces Places. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:53 pm

WINNER

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Faces Places
Directors: Agnés Varda, JR
Producer: Rosalie Varda

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:54 pm

Director Agnes Varda and photographer/muralist J.R. journey through rural France and form an unlikely friendship.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:54 pm

I honestly thought Last Men in Aleppo had that one.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:55 pm

Me too. As a symbol of independence alone. And Faces Places is up tomw night

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:56 pm

Spike Lee in the house giving out best director. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:57 pm

BEST DIRECTOR

Sean Baker, The Florida Project

Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Good Time

Chloé Zhao, The Rider

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:57 pm

Well, it’s def. Guillermo tom’w. I think it’s Jordan Peele here.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:58 pm

Cool moment as Spike Lee presents, recognizing one of his former students, Jonas Carpignano, as a nominee

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20183:58 pm

Get Out was truly an indie film..made for less than $5M before all the awards season P&A.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:59 pm

Lee has taught a lot of great filmmakers! Chloé Zhao as well

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:59 pm

It’s testament to his teaching abilities!

matthewgrobar March 3, 20183:59 pm

Jordan Peele takes it, taking him that much closer to the Best Director Oscar

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20183:59 pm

WINNER 

BEST DIRECTOR

Jordan Peele

Get Out   

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:00 pm

You could tell it meant something to him, seeing Spike Lee present him with this award

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:01 pm

“Getting this award from Spike is crazy. I wouldn’t be standing here if it wasn’t for this man”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:02 pm

“I sat down and smoked a little weed and tried to write a mind-bending horror film,” says Peele.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:03 pm

“Our truths the most important weapons against the lies in this world”. Said perfectly by J. Peele. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:04 pm

Peele said ‘Get Out’ didn’t start as a statement, but his take on his favorite genre. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:04 pm

Then Peele realized there were more people locked up for smoking less weed than he did while writing the script. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:07 pm

Spike Lee said it best when presenting Best Director award to Peele…

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:07 pm

Peele called the set design of the Spirits stage “A Wakandan laundromat” 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:09 pm

Danai Gurira and Joseph Gordon-Levitt presenting the award for Best Male Lead.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:10 pm

Chalamet is the favorite here…

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:10 pm

WINNER

BEST MALE LEAD

Timothée Chalamet

Call Me by Your Name

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:11 pm

Backstage – Jordan Peele: “I think that all these stories, all these voices, many, as we’ve seen this year, have an impact. Expression is a weapon against violence, against bigotry and hatred. I’m inspired by everything I’ve seen this year.”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:12 pm

Backstage – Jordan Peele on going on awards circuit: “It’s kind of confusing. You don’t really want to have to talk about your movie. The movie is the expression, but the love and encouragement I’m receiving, I’ll be putting right into my next several projects. Getting to meet my heroes, that’s really what I’m taking away from this.”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:12 pm

“I have faith for this industry and this country,” says Chalamet. “We’re gonna be good…we’re gonna be fine” as he points out his peers like Gerwig and Peele.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:12 pm

“Thank God we have the Dee Rees'” — Chalamet

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:12 pm

Backstage – Jordan Peele: “This was a scrappy movie we had to make. I put my heart and soul into it and realized this is the best time of my life. It was a full adventure, and I think that’s what the Film Independent Spirit Awards are about.”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:13 pm

Chalamet is really trying to “savor the moment” in his gasoline attendant shirt.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:13 pm

Congrats to Timothee Chalamet!

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:15 pm

Casey Affleck won last year for Best Male Lead and then went on to win the Oscar. Again, is this a forecast of what’s to come tomorrow?

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:17 pm
Backstage – Agnés Varda on solid working relationship with daughter Rosalie: “I wanted to shoot one week per month because after one week, I’m tired. And we had all these things to do. The shooting lasted 15 months and Rosalie was never saying, ‘It’s too much. It’s too long.’ She played the game with us.”
matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:17 pm

Backstage – Agnés Varda on tomorrow’s Oscars: “I’m not nervous at all. We didn’t come so far for nothing…We had fun making fun about aging.”

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:17 pm

Sarah Silverman and John Hamm presenting Best Female Lead.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:18 pm

Dino will give the breakdown, but it’s been a banner Spirit awards for diversity and females. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:18 pm

Hamm claims he’s a comedian, Silverman disagrees.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:19 pm

Indeed. people of color and women have been cleaning up tonight. Perhaps the Oscars should be looking to the Spirit Awards for some pointers on inclusion?

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:20 pm

WINNER

BEST FEMALE LEAD

Frances McDormand

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:21 pm

McDormand: “Do you know how hard it’s been to not swear all these months??”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:21 pm

Standing O for McDormand. “I’m continually amazed that you let me get to the microphone, but I what I know today is that I get to swear.”

“This awards convention goes on for F****** ever” 
matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:22 pm

McDormand: “A well-placed ‘f*ck’ makes a scene sing like nothing else”

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:22 pm

“Yes, I’m independent and I’m spirited. I remember when this was a beach party” She came with slippers on, and in the old days played volleyball and went to Hot Dog on a Stick. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:23 pm

“And think about how much money we’d have left over to make independent films” said McDormand about scaling back the show — a bit to the old days.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:28 pm

Congrats to the lovely Frances McDormand! Keep being fierce. 

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:30 pm

These are the nominations for Best Feature:

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

PRODUCERS: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges, Rodgrigo Teixeira, Marco Morabito, James Ivory, Howard Rosenman

THE FLORIDA PROJECT

PRODUCERS: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri, Shih-Ching Tsou

GET OUT

PRODUCERS: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele

LADY BIRD

PRODUCERS: Eli Bush, Evelyn O’Neill, Scott Rudin

THE RIDER

PRODUCERS: Mollye Asher, Bert Hamelinck,Sacha Ben Harroche, Chloé Zhao

(Award given to the producer)

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:31 pm

WINNER 

BEST FEATURE
Get Out          

Producers: Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., Sean McKittrick, Jordan Peele

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:32 pm

Looks like Get Out might be on its way to Best Picture tomorrow.

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:33 pm

The indie spirits opened up a nice window, in any case, if the film gets swept by Shape of Water tomorrow

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:33 pm

With the absence of del Toro’s film today, this unexpected phenomenon gets its due recognition

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:34 pm

Most conceivably, Peele might take original screenplay from McDonagh’s ‘Billboards’ tomorrow, which doesn’t seem to be quite as hot right now, with the exception of given wins for Rockwell and McDormand

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:34 pm

That’s our show, folks.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:34 pm

It’s definitely shorter than the OScars…but a taste of what’s to come tomorrow.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:37 pm

“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. I’m so proud to be here with this group of people. This wouldn’t have happened without everybody here or without the people who bought tickets and told people about the film and who brought someone who hadn’t seen it.” – Jordan Peele on stage after winning best feature at the Spirits.

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:37 pm

It’s definitely shorter than the Oscars…but a taste of what’s to come tomorrow.

Anthony D'Alessandro March 3, 20184:38 pm

“We shot this movie in 23 days where no one got a paycheck….people believed in a story that hadn’t been seen before and it needed to exist.” – Jordan Peele. 

Dino-Ray Ramos March 3, 20184:39 pm

As always it’s a pleasure live blogging with y’all!

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:44 pm

Backstage – Jordan Peele (back for more with Best Feature): “We’re enjoying this moment and this means so much. We made this film scrappily. We made this film for this show. We didn’t expect it, but this means so much.”

matthewgrobar March 3, 20184:45 pm

Peele on the potential for a Get Out sequel: “You want the definitive ‘Is there going to be a sequel?’ We are not closed off to a sequel, but the producers and I agree, this is not the kind of movie you make a sequel just to make more money. This movie transcends the business that it did.”