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Jordan Peele has won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director for “Get Out,” beating out a competitive field that also included Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”), Jonas Carpignano (“A Ciambra”), Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”), Benny and Josh Safdie (“Good Time”), and Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”). Peele is also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director.
Peele thanked presenter Spike Lee, and noted he wouldn’t be up on stage without Lee breaking new ground for African-American filmmakers. Peele also quipped that he started off writing “Get Out” to see if he could write a movie in his favorite genre, horror, and came up with something much more profound after smoking “a lot of weed.”
Other honorees today include Greta Gerwig, who won Best Screenplay for “Lady Bird”; Best Supporting Male winner Sam Rockwell, who took home the prize for his work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; and Allison Janney, whose role in “I, Tonya” earned her the Best Supporting Female prize.
This year’s ceremony once again takes place live on the beach in Santa Monica, with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosting the broadcast for IFC.