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    I am an Independent Spirit Awards voter, and in the categories of Picture and Screenplay I have been going back and forth between Get Out and Lady Bird like crazy! I am going to re-watch both of them but I would love to hear all of your feedback! Jordan Peele has my vote for Director no matter what, but should I spread the wealth to Gerwig and her film? The thing is, if I vote for Get Out for Screenplay and Director and Lady Bird for Picture then Gerwig won’t win an award since she isn’t a producer. If I vote for Get Out in Picture and Director and Lady Bird in Screenplay, then I won’t be recognizing the most notable element of Get Out which in my opinion is its script!

    Please let me know what your thoughts are? Also, don’t simply say “this film not that film.” Really give me your arguments regarding WHY Lady Bird or Get Out are superior from your perspective. Thank you.

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    Alex Meyer
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    I’d say Get Out is superior because it uses race relations as a scary horror vehicle to great effect, something which if done in the wrong hands, could have been an epic disaster.

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    Let me start by saying that both films are due for a rewatch for me as I have only seen Lady Bird once, in November, and I saw Get Out twice, but both times in February-March of last year.

    Lady Bird’s best element is the script. What impresses me most about Gerwig’s screenplay is her ability to flesh out and make every minor character seem three-dimensional. Even the choir teacher has an arc. Little “subplots”, you could call them, like the dad and her brother, are fully developed but succinct enough to keep the story moving. She doesn’t waste anytime but she fits so much richness into her story. The dialogue between Lady Bird and her mother has often been highlighted, but it is deserved. Their interactions are excruciatingly real but also extremely layered and actually funny. The way Gerwig constructs these interactions between Lady Bird and her mother is enough to give her the award.

    To me, Get Out’s achievements lay more in the directing and the way it is constructed visually than the script, which is why I think Jordan Peele would make a better Director winner than Greta Gerwig, and maybe a better Best Picture winner. Get Out’s script is clever, but I would definitely vote for Lady Bird in the screenplay category.

    Ultimately, Picture is a close call. I happen to have liked Lady Bird more but I saw it much more recently, and like I said, both are due for a rewatch from me. I would give Jordan Peele Director and Greta Gerwig Screenplay, and I don’t know about Picture. In that situation, both are getting awards so you can decide which one you like a little bit better to vote for in Picture.

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    I am an Independent Spirit Awards voter, and in the categories of Picture and Screenplay I have been going back and forth between Get Out and Lady Bird like crazy! I am going to re-watch both of them but I would love to hear all of your feedback! Jordan Peele has my vote for Director no matter what, but should I spread the wealth to Gerwig and her film? The thing is, if I vote for Get Out for Screenplay and Director and Lady Bird for Picture then Gerwig won’t win an award since she isn’t a producer. If I vote for Get Out in Picture and Director and Lady Bird in Screenplay, then I won’t be recognizing the most notable element of Get Out which in my opinion is its script!

    Please let me know what your thoughts are? Also, don’t simply say “this film not that film.” Really give me your arguments regarding WHY Lady Bird or Get Out are superior from your perspective. Thank you.

    Interesting. It’s a very tough decision.

    I would say go with the film you feel will be remembered the most in the future, for its contribution to the cinema world and would be something kids would study in film studies class.

    How are you an Indie Spirit member? Are you a producer or actor?

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    kbfr12
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    I’ve been split too; I’ve decided I’m voting CMBYN for Picture, but I’m having a tough time choosing between Get Out and Lady Bird for Screenplay.

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    Honey
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    How are you an Indie Spirit member? Are you a producer or actor?

    u just pay for a yearly membership. Anybody can be a voter lol

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    kbfr12
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    How are you an Indie Spirit member? Are you a producer or actor?

    u just pay for a yearly membership. Anybody can be a voter lol

    It’s a pretty bad idea. And I say this as a voter 🙂

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    Teridax
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    @sunshineisles2 Don’t jinx it LOL! I LOVE getting to vote on the Indie Spirits, even though their Oscar sheep mentality can at times be very irritating. Like choosing Silver Linings Playbook over Moonrise Kingdom for Best Picture. Or to a far greater extent giving The Artist Picture and Director over Drive, the latter of which sadly got snubbed for Film Editing and Cinematography, though Film Independent voters like us aren’t to blame for the nominations snubs because we don’t vote on them. I still haven’t entirely forgiven them for not nominating Hell or High Water and Captain Fantastic for Best Picture last year yet nominating the boring, stale, and lifeless Chronic in that category and for Tim Roth’s nothing joke of a “subtle” (though not really) performance.

    Anyway, I hope this never changes, because I love receiving screeners every year because the more I see, the more my knowledge and awareness of cinema is expanded. Even if I don’t absolutely love the movies themselves like Oh Lucy or BPM, it is always interesting to see many diverse perspectives from others humans with different life experiences than yours. I would never have seen Moonlight last year if it hadn’t been for the Indie Spirits. Same goes with Women Who Kill, Marjorie Prime, and Menashe. I really wish we got to vote on the John Cassavetes Award like all the other categories. Is there a reason that we can’t vote on that one but we can vote on almost all of the others?

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    Miles
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    I would become a member just for the screeners alone. There are no indie theaters in my state that I know of and so films like Marjorie Prime, Beach Rats, etc. I never get to see unless they come to xfinity or something, which sometimes doesn’t even happen.

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    I would become a member just for the screeners alone. There are no indie theaters in my state that I know of and so films like Marjorie Prime, Beach Rats, etc. I never get to see unless they come to xfinity or something, which sometimes doesn’t even happen.

    Amazon has a ton of them.

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    kbfr12
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    I would become a member just for the screeners alone. There are no indie theaters in my state that I know of and so films like Marjorie Prime, Beach Rats, etc. I never get to see unless they come to xfinity or something, which sometimes doesn’t even happen.

    I’d say it’s a pretty good investment, especially if it’s your only way to see these movies in a timely manner.

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