The film business is a funny thing. Because while critical acclaim and box office performance are used to evaluate a film's success, there's an even more lofty goal: awards season. Snatching trophies in either the Oscars or Golden Globes can help an actor or project cement itself in film history, and Jordan Peele's Get Out seems like a strong contender for this season's awards. But when the horror film was announced to be considered in the comedy category for this year's Golden Globes, some folks began to scratch their heads. In particular, the film's director/ writer seems to take umbrage with this categorization.
Following Get Out's categorization as a comedy by The Golden Globes, Jordan Peele originally took to Twitter to voice his displeasure, saying:
Eventually, Jordan Peele elaborated on his issues with the Get Out as a comedy. With the subject of racism at the crux of the narrative, it's especially tricky for the film to be put in the comedy/musical category. Despite Get Out's chances at winning being increasingly higher in those categories, Peele doesn't think it feels right, considering the film wasn't exactly a laugh riot (except for Lil Rel Howery's antics). He told Indie Wire,
The major point to identify here is that we don't want our truth trivialized. The label of comedy is often a trivial thing. The real question is, what are you laughing at? Are you laughing at the horror, the suffering? Are you disregarding what's real about this project? That's why I said, yeah --- it's a documentary.
Jordan Peele isn't trying to pick a fight with anyone, but just wants to shine a light on what that categorization means for African Americans in the country and beyond. The film addresses racism in a post-Obama world, and has a very real message tied to it, which audiences can feel.
Despite his trepidation, Jordan Peele does seem thrilled that Get Out is still at the forefront of conversation all these months later. And should the film get a few awards when The Golden Globes takes place in a few months, we may see Peele's directing career take off even more.
Jordan Peele isn't the only Get Out team member who takes issue with the film's categorization for the Golden Globes. Actor/comedian Lil Rel Howery was the comic relief of the film, and despite his performance, he believes the film is in the wrong race.
This isn't the first time that the Golden Globes have made some interesting choices in regards to which categories films would be competing in. For instance, Matt Damon's The Martian was also considered a comedy a few years ago. This granted Damon a win for Best Actor that he wouldn't have won going up against the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant. The film also took the best picture in the comedy category, allowing it to be more awarded than it would have been as a drama.
The 75th Golden Globes Ceremony will air January 7, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.