Jordan Peele – Get Out Dominates Spirit Awards
Jordan Peele, winner of Best Director for Get Out, poses in the press room during the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California – Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images North America.
Get Out by Jordan Peele dominated the Film Independent Spirit Awards on a chilly Saturday afternoon in the traditional Santa Monica beach-set marquee, winning best picture and best director.
“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,” Jordan Peele said in his acceptance speech.
The award for best film, presented by Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, was also given to producers Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr., and Sean McKittrick along with Jordan Peele. Get Out won over Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, Lady Bird and The Rider.
Frances McDormand, in an F-bomb laden speech (“The awards convention is too f–king long”), accepted the best female lead award at the Spirit Awards for the dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, while Timothee Chalamet won best male lead for the drama Call Me by Your Name.
Spike Lee made the presentation of the director award to Jordan Peele, who has been nominated for Oscars in the best picture, best director and best original screenplay categories. “I would not be here without him,” Jordan Peele said of Lee.
Jordan Peele concluded by saying, “Our truths are most powerful weapons against the lies in the world, so keep doing what you’re doing.”
Get Out was shot in 23 days on a $4.5 million budget. It was by far the most commercially successful film among Spirit Awards nominees with more than $250 million in worldwide box office for Universal.
The Spirit Awards are voted on by the 6,200 members of Film Independent and require that films be produced in the U.S. for less than $20 million. In the last four years, Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave have won both the Spirit Award and Oscar best picture trophy.