Spirit Awards: Frances McDormand wins

Frances McDormand has won another award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Frances McDormand has won another award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Frances McDormand has won the Best Actress Award at the Spirit Awards for the dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbng, Missouri and Timothee Chalamet won Best Actor for the drama Call Me By Your Name.

Jordan Peele won the Best Director Award at the Spirit Awards on Saturday for his horror-comedy Get Out. Spike Lee made the presentation to the Oscar-nominated filmmaker. "I would not be here without him," Peele said of Lee.

Sam Rockwell won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the Spirit Awards for his performance as a racist deputy in the dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

In the first major acting award, Allison Janney won the Best Supporting Actress Award for portraying a demented mother in I, Tonya.

Janney, who's favoured to win the category at the Academy Awards, topped Holly Hunter for The Big Sick, Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird, Lois Smith for Marjorie Prime, and Taliah Lennice Webster for Good Time.

Greta Gerwig won the Best Screenplay Award at the Spirit Awards for her Oscar-nominated coming-of-age comedy-drama Lady Bird. Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani have won the Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for their Oscar-nominated The Big Sick.

Sayombhu Mukdeeprom won the cinematography award for Call Me by Your Name in the first trophy handed out Saturday. Ingrid Goes West won best first feature for Matt Spicer.

The 33rd Independent Spirit Awards took place in Santa Monica in its traditional beach-set marquee, with Call Me by Your Name up for the most nominations, with six.

The Spirit Awards are voted on by members of Film Independent and require that films be produced in the US for less than $US20 million.

Australian Associated Press