fter Get Outhit theaters earlier this year, it was obvious that the movie was destined to sweep up all kinds of nominations and accolades. But now that award season is almost upon us, we’re a little confused. Apparently, Get Out is competing as a comedy at the 2018 Golden Globes, despite the fact that the movie, which stars Allison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya, is most definitely not a comedy.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the movie was entered as a comedy for consideration by its production company, Blumhouse. It’s an interesting choice, for sure, and one that’s left a lot of fans scratching their heads. Get Out is a pretty scary movie, all things considered, especially as it most certainly about racism in America.
Of course, director Jordan Peele hasn’t let this opportunity pass without joking about it, including this tweet. A documentary. Could you imagine? We don’t want to.
‘Get Out’ is a documentary.
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) November 15, 2017
He wasn’t the only one who took to Twitter to express himself either. In fact, many fans definitely had something to say…
You understand the only way whiteness can process Get Out is to make light of it and pretend it was in jest. To award the film for being anything other than comedy would be to self-analyze and admit to the accuracy of it all.
— Francisco-Luis White (@FranciscoLWhite) November 15, 2017
— Yvng Lifted™ (@FreshLifted_93) November 15, 2017
“Get Out”, is a movie about:
• Systematic Racism
• Interracial Relationships
• Black Horror Movie Stereotypes
• White Privilege
… all in one.
Definitely not a comedy.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidNY) November 15, 2017
But not everyone came down strictly on the “this is not a comedy” side…
Satire is a form of comedy. Which is exactly what Get Out was. Y’all moving like it’s some progressive film about racism or some shit lmao
— Corie (@kingslayer25) November 15, 2017
In fact, the more we think about this, the more the categorization might make sense. After all, it might be a horror film, but it is totally satire. And even though there was certainly an overlying commentary on serious issues like racism, there also wasn’t a single scene that involved Lil Rel Howery as Rod that didn’t have us laughing. This movie really does have something for everyone — suspense, humor, a few scares, the horrifying intersection of slavery and brainwashing… you know, the ingredients that come together to make any award-winning film.
Besides, it seems like Get Out might have better luck scoring those awards as a comedy, rather than competing in the drama category. Then, it would have been up against some seriously heavy hitters, like Dunkirk and The Post. That’s not to say that it won’t face a tough fight in the comedy category, either; the past year has given us tons of funny movies worthy of the award, like Lady Bird and The Big Sick, both of which have received awesome reviews.
The official nominations are out December 11, so we’ll know Get Out‘s fate at the Globes a little better then. All we care about is that this incredible movie gets the recognition it deserves, no matter what category it’s in. Plus, shouldn’t it really be up to the filmmakers and production house itself to decide what their own movie is about? You may think it’s way more “horror” than “comedy,” but there isn’t even a horror category at the Golden Globes in the first place!