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Upon accepting their best first screenplay award at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, See You Yesterday writers Stefon Bristol and Ferdrica Bailey thanked Jesus Christ, their families and Spike Lee.
The Do the Right Thing director, upon hearing his name, cheered for the two writers and gave them a standing ovation.
“This is fantastic, I was not expecting this. I want to thank Film Independent and the voters and my brother Spike Lee for believing in me,” said Bristol.
Bailey and Bristol prevailed over the writers of Booksmart, The Climb, Diane, The Last Black Man in San Francisco and The Mustang in the category.
Lee produced See You Yesterday, which follows two Brooklyn teenagers as they build a time machine to save one of their brothers from a lethal encounter with a police officer.
Saturday’s success marked both Bristol and Bailey’s first-ever award. See You Yesterday was also up for best first feature, but was beaten out by Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart.
The 35th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by Aubrey Plaza, aired on IFC.
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