Get Out Is Classified As A Comedy For Awards Season & Jordan Peele Is Not Laughing

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2017 film Get Out won over critics and audiences alike. Jordan Peele’s film debut with a $4.5 million budget grossed more than $250 million, worldwide. Approaching awards season, the movie starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, and Bradley Whitford was submitted to the Golden Globes, in the “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy” category. According to Variety, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is who agreed to consider it under that category. The nominations will be announced December 11.

Peele, who became famous for co-creating comedy sketch show Key & Peele, is not laughing. This morning, the actor and filmmaker tweeted that Get Out is a documentary.

“I was trying to bring a piece of the conversation I had felt was never put on film before. I felt like there was this void in the way we talk about race, especially at the time I wrote it,” Peele told CBS This Morning. “My truth as a Black man, my perspective that I haven’t seen in film before, I haven’t seen that represented.”

Get Out fuses genre, but appears based in Horror or Suspense/Thriller. Those categories are not part of the Golden Globes, but “Best Motion Picture – Drama” is. Winners in that category include films such as The Descendants, an Alexander Payne-directed, George Clooney-starring film which also dabbled in comedy.

Critics including The Chicago Sun Times‘ Richard Roeper pointed out as much. “The real star of the film is writer-director Jordan Peele, who has created a work that addresses the myriad levels of racism, pays homage to some great horror films, carves out its own creative path, has a distinctive visual style—and is flat-out funny as well,” wrote the esteemed critic. Rolling Stone‘s Peter Travers pinpointed “satirical wit” as one of the film’s charms as well.

Peele is currently working with director Spike Lee to produce Black Klansman, a true-story based film about a Black man joining the K.K.K. Additionally, he is executive producing The Hunt, another real-life adaptation that follows the 1970s group of hunters that captured and sometimes assassinated German Nazis living in the United States.