'Get Out' tops Spirit Awards ahead of Oscars

'Get Out' tops Spirit Awards ahead of Oscars

Held in a massive tent steps from the Santa Monica Pier, the Indie Spirits are the looser, fancy-free antecedent to Sunday's ultra-formal Oscars, and generally feature hip, youngish and irreverent hosts - this year it was Nick Kroll and John Mulaney - along with cameos from "Saturday Night Live" performers, past and present.

He is the first black filmmaker to be nominated for best picture, best director and best screenwriting. "It's clear to everybody in this room, and across the country and across the world, that 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 and I'm so proud to be here with this group of people receiving this".

While McDormand did rock some pink slippers in the drama Three Billboards, the actress explained her attire by pointing out that the Indie Spirit Awards used to be a beach party.

"I sat down and I would smoke a little bit of weed and try to make a mind-bending horror film. and I realized there were a lot of people locked up for smoking less weed than I was smoking when I made the movie".

"I continue to be amazed you let me get to the microphone", McDormand said. Get Out had a budget of $4.5m and made $255m at the box office.

You haven't been hypnotized-Get Out really just became the second horror movie ever to win Best Feature at the Spirit Awards.

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Timothee Chalamet, who won best actor for Call Me By Your Name - a romance set in 1980s Italy - told the event that he thought change was on the way in the film industry.

Call Me By Your Name, starring Armie Hammer - who FaceTimed Chalamet during the awards, also won best cinematography.

Sam Rockwell won best supporting actor for Three Billboards, in which he plays opposite McDormand as a racist, violent police officer.

"Do you know how hard it has been not to swear for the last couple of months?" she asked, before cursing a blue streak.

"I guess I have to play more dark characters - that's in my future".

"Those who have had the pleasure of meeting Ratner know he is constantly scratching his balls", Kroll said.

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