The sun came out for the Indie Spirit Awards on Saturday in Santa Monica in their famed beach tent. “Get Out” won Best Picture, Jordan Peele won Best Director for Directing it. And that was all pretty wild since “Get Out” — a little movie that wound up making millions– came from Universal, a Very Big Studio.
The Spirit Awards are basically rehearsal for the Oscars. Three of the acting winners on Saturday are likely to win Academy Awards today– Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janney. Greta Gerwig won Best Screenplay for “Lady Bird,” a signal that she may win today, too.
The documentary winner was “Faces/Places” with Agnes Varda and French artist JR. It’s not really a documentary, but it’s so whimsical and fun it’s like a dessert. This film could very well beat more serious fare at the Oscars.
This year’s Spirit Awards, like last year’s, were hosted by the very funny Nick Kroll and John Mullaney. They shredded Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, and other Hollywood names in the news this past year for personal scandals.
SOURCE: Roger Friedman