Jordan Peele, the writer and director behind 2017’s cinematic phenomenon Get Out , has accomplished the nearly impossible: He got a horror movie nominated for Best Picture . On Tuesday morning, Peele’s film picked up four Oscar nominations: Best Director, Original Screenplay and Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, to go with Best Picture. It was the cap to an extraordinary year for the writer-director and his slicing satire: In 2017, Get Out set critics alight, started myriad conversations about racism and milquetoast white liberalism, became an internet phenomenon and grossed more than $150 million domestically, making last year a historically great year for horror at the box office. But perhaps most extraordinary is that the film—which revolves around a black photographer’s nightmarish trip to meet his white girlfriend’s parents—would find support from an Academy that typically looks down on horror as unserious, lowbrow fare. Say it again. Let the words sink in: Get Out is nominated for Best Picture. The Academy has nursed a bias against horror for most of the 90-year history of the Oscars. Both Frankenstein (1931) and Dracula (1931) were shut out of the Oscars altogether. (You may not recall Cimarron , the Western that won the top… Read full this story
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