As of this writing, we don’t know how Oscar night is going go to for Jordan Peele and the cast and crew of Get Out, but at least they had a great Saturday. At the Film Independent Spirit Awards, a traditional pre-Oscars event, Get Out and director Peele got the two big awards of an evening that leaned heavily into the call for Hollywood to be more representative of diversity. The question now is whether or not Get Out will be the upset on Oscar night proper?
“This was not a film where anyone took home a paycheck,” Peele said while accepting the Best Feature award. “We did it because we believed in the story. We believed that because no one had ever seen the story before, it had to exist.”
Get Out, which is about a black man who stumbles on to something sinister when he meets his girlfriend’s parents at their remote cottage, received a total of five nominations. Included among them was Best Male Lead for Daniel Kaluuya, Best Editing for Gregory Plotkin, and Best Screenplay for Peele. In the end, it only won the two prizes, but they were the biggest prizes of the night!
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The rest of the major awards went fairly predictably with Frances McDormand winning Best Female Lead for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Sam Rockwell taking home Best Supporting Male for the same movie, and Allison Janney receiving the Best Supporting Female trophy for I, Tonya. Call Me By Your Name‘s Timothée Chalamet beat Kaluuya for Best Male Lead, and Ladybird director Greta Gerwig won Best Screenplay.
So what fate awaits Get Out on Oscar night? Many fans and critics are hoping for an upset over favorites The Shape of Water and Three Billboards, but there have been rumblings lately that some Academy members don’t think Peele’s film, which some consider a masterpiece, is worthy of the little gold man. As reported by The Root:
“I had multiple conversations with longtime Academy members who were like, ‘That was not an Oscar film,’” said one new voter. “And I’m like, ‘That’s bullshit. Watch it.’ Honestly, a few of them had not even seen it and they were saying it, so dispelling that kind of thing has been super important.”
It sounds like #OscarsSoWhite is something that still must be overcome in the hallowed halls of the Academy, which has gone to great pains to diversify adding nearly 1,500 new members since 2015. Some Oscar-watchers are hopeful that this will tip the scales in favour of Get Out, but we will only know for sure when the final trophy is awarded at the show’s end. Stay tuned.
The Oscars air Sunday night at 9 pm EST on ABC and CTV.