‘Get Out’ Wins Best Feature Film and Best Director at Independent Spirit Awards

by Nick Banks

As the last awards show before the Academy Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards have been a pretty good predictor of winners at the Oscars in the last few years, with Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave each taking home the best picture award at both celebrations.  Does this mean Jordan Peele’s Get Out is next up for this prestigious double feature?

At this year’s edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, Peele’s Get Out walked away with awards for Best Feature and Best Director.  During his acceptance speech, Peele praised the independent film community, saying that “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.”

Horror News Network was not thanked in Peele’s acceptance speech, but in light of the amount of coverage HNN has provided for his film, no one would have been able to say that a” tip of the cap” would not have been warranted (A film so nice, we reviewed it twice!).

As reported by Variety, Peele’s film was immensely successful in both the critical and financial arenas, as “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.”

Check in with Horror News Network tomorrow night to see if Get Out (or del Toro’s The Shape of Water) was able to take home any major awards at this year’s Academy Awards.



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