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 FEMALE LEAD
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
BEST MALE LEAD
Call Me By Your Name
Directors: Agnés Varda, JR
Producer: Rosalie Varda
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast
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
Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
The Big Sick
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
A Fantastic Woman
Director: Sebastián Lelio
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
Call Me By Your Name
KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
SEATTLE STORY AWARD
JEEP BRAND TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD