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A short time ago, Get Out was nominated for a couple of Golden Globes, so getting nominated for awards should be a little old hat for Jordan Peele these days. Still, it's a different thing to be nominated in the Musical or Comedy category at the Golden Globes than it is to be highlighted over and over again in the major drama categories at the Oscars, and Jordan Peele did not underwhelm with his reaction. He recently shared exactly what happened after he found out Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya had been nominated for an Oscar, noting,
Well, if you are going to cry, you might as well ugly cry so people know you mean it! Seriously though, Get Out has been the little movie that could. It premiered last January at Sundance Film Festival, and then was released into theaters in February, where it made over $250 million worldwide. It's not totally unprecedented for a movie released early in the year to earn nods later in the year, but it does make the whole thing a lot more difficult. By the time ballots are being cast a year later, a lot of people have already forgotten about films they may have liked way back in February or March.
Plus, Get Out really stands out of the pack of Oscar nominees this year. It's a horror film, released by Blumhouse and directed by first-time director Jordan Peele. It's very rare to see genre films nab some of the bigger nods (for Acting or Best Picture, for example), and today Get Out landed nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and of course, Daniel Kaluuya's nod for Best Actor -- all pretty huge nods. It's no wonder that Jordan Peele was overcome with emotion when he chatted with his lead actor, who helped to make Get Out possible.
We'll see how the awards eventually shake out, but even if Get Out doesn't actually win an Oscar, all the nominations are still a super big deal for the genre, and assumedly for Jordan Peele, who has gone from the dude most of us knew from his Comedy Central work to a super big deal in the movie world this past year. Peele also wrote to the fans about all of the nominations, noting that it was the audiences' unflagging support for Get Out that led to the movie earning so many nods today. He said:
Get Out was one of nine nominees for Best Picture this year. (The category fluctuates in number each year.) The other nominees were: Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. To take a look at all of the other wonderful nominees, check out our full list and be sure to tune in when the Oscars air on ABC on March 4.