Get Out came as a breakout directorial debut for longtime comedian Jordan Peele, quickly earning its place as the most profitable movie of the year. With award season just around the corner, however, it appears critics are looking to misconstrue the horror/thriller blockbuster's focus.
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the Daniel Kaluuya-starred film will compete at the Golden Globes under the Comedy category, leaving many to wonder how exactly a film about slavery got funneled in.
Even the very actor that provides the movies minimal (yet superbly on point) comedic relief, Lil Rel, took to Twitter to question the decision, writing, "There is nothing funny about racism... Was it that unrealistic lol."
Jordan Peele himself even got in on the conversation, using some comedic commentary to label the film a "documentary."
But if I can be honest this is weird to me... Their is nothing funny about racism... Was it that unrealistic lol https://t.co/5xSXBmatfP— Lil Rel Howery (@LilRel4) November 14, 2017
‘Get Out’ is a documentary.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) November 15, 2017
The decision has seemingly further complicated things for the stars of the film. Kaluuya, who plays the main role of Chris, will now likely square off against comedy/musical contenders Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman), James Franco (The Disaster Artist) and Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes).
Worth noting, the Globes doesn't actually have a horror/thriller category for the film to compete in and its creators submitted the film themselves into the Comedy/ Musical category– only other option would be drama. However, it is understandable how the label of 'comedy' against a film with such dark notions of racism and slavery just feels a tad disconcerting.
Nominations for the 75th Golden Globe Awards will be announced Monday, Dec. 11, with the awards set to air on Sunday, Jan. 7 on NBC. In the meantime, peep Twitter's confusion, and reasonings behind the categorization, below.
The fact that Get Out was nominated for a comedy shows how some ppl didn't take it seriously and get the point of the film. That movie is a horror film, and the monster was racism.— Tahir (@HandsomeAnHeavy) November 15, 2017
Some of y’all are doing a lot with “Get Out” being placed in a comedy category. The studio and the people behind the film want awards and concluded that is their best shot. The end. God bless.— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) November 15, 2017
Get Out's creators along with the studio SUBMITTED the film under comedy to give it a better chance to win since the Golden Globes have no horror category but rather DRAMA or COMEDY/MUSICAL. Pls read up on these things before getting outraged for no reason. Thanks.— Tuxedo Ski Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) November 15, 2017
Blake Shelton voted 2017's Sexiest Man Alive, Get Out nominated for best Comedy/Musical and North Korea sentencing our president to death for calling their leader fat on Twitter. This is...an interesting week.— Anthony (@BigJigglyPanda) November 15, 2017