Odds are, if you saw Get Out! you enjoyed it immensely. When I saw it in theaters, people were actually cheering and gasping and audibly exclaiming their emotions. I saw two total strangers slap hands, which was a first for me. Typically, this shit drives me up a wall, but Get Out! incited a collective energy in the theater that I rode hard. That same sentiment was not shared during the Golden Globes, as the film left empty-handed, leaving a lot of people irate.
With the 90th Academy Awards set to occur on March 4, and Get Out! is nominated for a slew of awards–Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The Academy is notoriously a band of old, all-white dudes, but has made recent strides to bring on younger women and people of color into the club.
Vulture interviewed 14 of these new members to investigate how their inclusion may disrupt the uniformity of the Academy’s historic tunnel-vision. Here’s what one new voter had to say:
…some of our new members say they ran into interference from an older, more traditional wing of the Academy when it came to evaluating Peele’s movie. “I had multiple conversations with longtime Academy members who were like, ‘That was not an Oscar film,’” said one new voter. “And I’m like, ‘That’s bullshit. Watch it.’ Honestly, a few of them had not even seen it and they were saying it, so dispelling that kind of thing has been super important.”
Fear not, Jordan. You’ll get yours.
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