Following the news that Get Out is being considered for nomination for a Golden Globe, fans of the horror movie were shocked to find out that it will be awarded under a comedy classification. Some are glad the film is at least getting some recognition, while others are unimpressed that addressing an issue as important as racism can be classed as ‘comedy’.
Get Out stars Daniel Kaluuya (Black Mirror, Psychoville, Sicario) and Allison Williams (Girls) and has been described as a social commentary of instituationalised racism. The film covers issues that people are struggling to see the funny side of.
Despite a few comedic elements in the film, most people took to Twitter to express their disagreement in the decision. Actor Lil Rel Howery, who played Rod, the sole comedic character, expressed his confusion by tweeting:
He went on to say:
The film’s writer and director Jordan Peele recently spoke about the film in an interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, claiming that he submitted the film as a documentary and still stands by that now. Get Out was originally billed as a thriller and deals with racial tension in the United States. With only two categories available at the Globes — drama and musical/comedy — decision-makers can have trouble selecting a category for some films, and Get Out is no exception, causing some confusion on social media.
In Get Out, it’s time for a young African American, Chris Washington, to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience gives way to a nightmare. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.
It has been suggested that Get Out is deeper and sends a more important message than other ‘serious’ films up for nomination. The films potentially featuring in the musical/comedy category are The Big Sick, I, Tonya, The Disaster Artist, Lady Bird, and The Greatest Showman. Will Get Out stand much chance in a category not designed for horror or social commentary? Will the ‘real comedies’ achieve more success in the eyes of the critics or could Get Out get by on merit alone? Keep an eye out for the final decisions on Golden Globe nominations.