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Jordan Peele accepts the award for best director for "Get Out" at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

'Get Out' wins for best film, director at Spirit Awards

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Jordan Peele's horror sensation "Get Out" has won best film at the 33rd Independent Film Spirit Awards.

Peele also won best director at the annual celebration of independent film, held Saturday in a beachside tent the day before the Academy Awards.

"This means so much," Peele said. "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."

The wins give "Get Out" some momentum heading into Sunday's Oscars, where it's an underdog contender for best picture.

Many of the Oscar favorites also won Saturday, including Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney.

The last four films to take the top award at the Spirits have all gone on to win best picture the next day at the Oscars.

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