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Jordan Peele Thanks Spike Lee After Winning Top Honor at Independent Spirit Awards

Jordan Peele thanked Spike Lee for inspiring him to take up filmmaking, as he won the top honours at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Mar 5, 2018 by: WENN


Jordan Peele Thanks Spike Lee After Winning Top Honor at Independent Spirit Awards

Jordan Peele thanked Spike Lee for inspiring him to take up filmmaking, as he won the top honours at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

His horror movie Get Out scooped Best Feature at the ceremony in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, and Peele won the Best Director award, which was presented to him by Lee.

"Getting this award from Spike is crazy – let's make no mistake, I would not be standing here if it wasn't for this man," Peele told the audience.

He then revealed that Lee saw Get Out twice – once with a "black crowd," then later with a "white crowd," which Peele jokingly called getting the "full experience".

“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 honoured and recognised and celebrated,” the 39-year-old continued.

“This project didn’t start as a statement. It began as me wanting to make a film in my favourite genre. I sat down and would smoke a little weed and try to write a mind-bending horror film, my favourite genre, and at some point I followed the truth and I realised there are people locked up for smoking less weed than I smoked writing the movie."

He ended his speech on an inspiring note: "Our truths are the most powerful weapon we have against the lies in this world, so keep doing what we're doing."

The last four Spirit winners for Best Feature (Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave) have gone on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. 

However, Peele played down the expectation surrounding his horror movie at Sunday night’s Academy Awards.

“It’s Saturday,” he said backstage. “Tomorrow’s tomorrow. That’s what’s up.”