Gay hit Call Me By Your Name had reason to celebrate yesterday at the Independent Spirit Awards, as the movie’s star, Timothée Chalamet, won Best Male Lead. The film also picked up Best Cinematography for Sayombhu Mukdeeprom.
The Independent Spirit Awards are given out the day before the Oscars by Film Independent (which also runs the LA Film Festival), acnowledging and celebrating those films made by and released outside the Hollywood studio system.
Call Me By Your Name’s sucess that did mean the fellow gay-themed movie, Beach Rats, lost out, as it was nominated in the same categories. However, Call Me By Your Name wasn’t the only LGBT success at the awards, as the excellent trans-themed drama, A Fantastic Woman, picked up Best International Film, beating the gay French movie, BPM.
Queer filmmaker Dee Rees’ Mudbound was honoured with the Robert Altman Award, given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.
However, the big winner was Get Out, which won both Best Feature and Best Director for Jordan Peele. Oscar favourite Frances McDormand picked up Best Female Lead for Three Billboards, while the Supporting Male and Female went to Sam Rockwell, also for Three Billboards, and Alison Janney for I, Tonya.