You haven’t been hypnotized—Get Out really just became the second horror movie ever to win Best Feature at the Spirit Awards.
Jordan Peele also scored Best Director, and as if that weren't awesome enough, the award was presented to him by none other than Chadwick Boseman of Black Panther, as Hollywood Reporter just found out. The last horror movie to win it all was Black Swan (which is arguably more of a psychological thriller than hardcore horror). Get Out clawed its way past Call Me by Your Name, The Florida Project, Lady Bird, and The Rider to seize the night’s most coveted award. The Shape of Water wasn’t even nominated.
"This means so much," said the ecstatic director, who definitely wasn’t playing mind games. "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."
Producers Sean McKitterick and Jason Blum also gave shoutouts on the mic, but the stage of the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards really belonged to Peele.
Get Out isn’t as easily explained in words as it is when you watch it in a dark room and really let every twisted motive and turn of events invade your mind. It’s a “This isn’t happening—no wait, it is” type of film. That mindset is really the only way you will finally realize that what looks like a weekend getaway is actually a veiled conspiracy to transplant brains into other bodies using only hypnosis as anesthesia.
So what does this mean for the Oscars? Whoever won top honors at the Spirit Awards for the past four years has gone on to win Best Picture, no mind games required.
(via Hollywood Reporter)