Spirit Awards: 'The Witch' Wins Best First Feature

The horror film beat 'Other People,' 'Swiss Army Man,' 'The Childhood of a Leader' and 'The Fits.'

The Witch won the award for best first feature at the Spirit Awards.

The film beat out fellow nominees Other People, Swiss Army Man, The Childhood of a Leader and The Fits.

"Thanks again," said the shocked director Robert Eggers, who had already accepted the award for best first screenplay earlier in the ceremony.

The Witch is a horror story set in a Puritan New England of nearly 400 years ago, as a family is threatened by witchcraft. Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond and Rodrigo Teixeira produced the film.

The 32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards aired live on IFC on Saturday, Feb. 25. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney hosted the ceremony, held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.