Jordan Peele Wins Best Director | Spirit Awards 2018

Peele said he didn’t set out to make a statement with ‘Get Out’ — he originally just wanted to make a movie in his favorite genre.

Spike Lee presented the best director award to Get Out‘s Jordan Peele at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

“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 said. The director then recalled Lee telling him he was able to see Get Out two different times — once with a “black crowd,” then later with a “white crowd,” which Peele called getting the “full experience.”

Peele also explained his process behind making the film, which he said didn’t start as a statement but rather him just wanting to make a horror film. “I sat down and I would smoke a little bit of weed and try and write a mind-bending horror film — my favorite genre — and at some point, I just followed the truth.”

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.”

Peele beat out The Florida Project‘s Sean Baker, A Ciambra‘s Jonas Carpignano, Call Me by Your Name‘s Luca Guadagnino, The Rider‘s Chloe Zhao and Good Time‘s Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie.

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosted the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards, which took place in Santa Monica and aired on IFC on Saturday.