Horror Thriller “Get Out” earns top honour at Independent Spirit Awards

Vastavam web: “Get Out,” a horror thriller that examines U.S. race relations, won the top honour at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, independent film’s biggest prize and the final awards ceremony ahead of the Oscars.Jordan Peele, a comedian who wrote and directed the film, also won best director at the annual awards that recognises the year’s best independent achievements made on small budgets.

“Get Out,” which tells the story of a young black man who visits his white girlfriend’s family as a racial satire, was a box office juggernaut for Comcast Corp’s Universal Pictures, grossing $176 million at U.S. and Canadian theatres.The last four winners of the Spirit Awards’ top prize -“Moonlight,”“Spotlight,”“Birdman” and“12 Years a Slave” – all went on to win the best picture Oscar, which will be awarded on Sunday.

Frances McDormand, who has so far swept all major awards for her role as an aggrieved mother in“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” won best actress at the casual beachside ceremony. She is also tipped to win the Academy Award.Allison Janney, who has won all top awards as an abusive mother in biopic“I, Tonya” won best supporting actress while Sam Rockwell won best supporting actor for his part as a racist, alcoholic police officer in“Three Billboards.”