Horror celebrated an enormous success at the 90th Academy Awards last night when Get Out director Jordan Peele took home an award for Best Screenplay. The genre went onto own the evening with The Shape of Water dominating the event. Not only collecting statues for Best Score and Best Production Design, the aquatic romance took home Oscars for Best Director (Guillermo del Toro) and Best Picture of 2017.
There hasn’t been a sweep like this since The Silence of the Lambs bagged five statues in 1991 including Best Picture (Edward Saxton, Kenneth Utt and Ronald M. Bozman), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jodie Foster), Best Director (Johnathan Demme) and Best Writing (Ted Tally).
Guillermo del Toro (left), Jordan Peele (right)
Whilst The Shape of Water stole the show on stage, it was Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya who has dominated headlines this morning. When an interviewer from Sky News stated that the films racial themes “ticked a lot of boxes in some ways” the academy award nominee answered with a firm yet measured response:
“We are not boxes, though. Articulating the black experience isn’t a box. We are articulating our truth. We are human beings.”
It wasn’t long before fans took to social media to praise the actor for his eloquent response, demonstrating his incredible presence on and off screen.
With 2018 already kicking off with some talented contenders for next years nominations, it looks like horror well and truly has Hollywood gripped by the unmentionables.