Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Leads Inclusive Independent Spirit Awards Ceremony

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Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock Jordan Peele, 'Get Out' - Best Feature 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards, Show, Los Angeles, March 3, 2018.

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by  and  and  on March 3, 2018.

Get Out took home the top prize of Best Feature Saturday night 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 US airline. Emily 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. …

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