Before I begin this post I would like to stress that this article does not reflect my political views whatsoever. The Golden Globes are often criticized for either pushing an agenda, or not progressing enough and this is not what this post is about. I just truly believe Get Out was a phenomenal film that deserved at least one award. I do recognize Get Out does address issues such as racism and that can be taken as a political stance, and that’s fine, I just believe there were so many cinematic elements that made this movie great for more reasons than addressing a modern day issue. Also, Spoiler Alert.
Last night the Golden Globes took place for the 75th time and per usual all the stars were out as movies, television shows, actors, and actresses were all celebrated in one night. There were many great movies, shows, and actors/actresses up for awards so it’s always hard to argue how one motion picture beat out the other and the same applies for television shows and actors. But, one glaring mistake from last night’s award show was how they mishandled Jordan Peele’s master piece, Get Out. Everyone always likes to talk about how “woke” the golden globes are, and for the most part they are. With Meryl Streep Last year and the times up movement and Oprah this year, I give them props for helping move this country forward. But, if they’re so “woke”, Get Out should have at least gotten ONE award last night, instead they went home with nothing.
Get Out was a massive success this summer, being the highest grossed film in 2017 with over 175 million dollars in the US. It was a modern-day horror story through and through that came out at the perfect time, as it chronicled a black man meeting his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time. Showing horror through racism and hypnosis, it was a brilliant concept that deserved so much more. It had some of the most groundbreaking and deep scenes I have ever seen in a movie. Whether it was the girlfriend eating fruit loops separate from milk to show how deeply rooted her racism is by not wanting to integrate the colors into the white milk, or connecting the dots that the dad of the girlfriend uses brain operations to put a white person’s mind into a black person’s body to give them the physical advantages they didn’t have before, it was mind blowing. There were times I thought the protagonist would die at any moment, which is rare for movies nowadays because we’re so used to the “good guy always wins” plot. I was truly on the edge of my seat for this one and it deserved a lot more.
Anyways, back to the gripe. For lack of better terms, Get Out got the shaft, even way before the award show. The fact alone that it was under the musical/comedy category is a disgrace. This movie doesn’t touch comedy on any level, does it have some comedy elements? Sure, but almost every horror film does nowadays. The fact that this was in the same category as the Disaster Artist, is ridiculous. Now, would they have won in the drama category? I’m not so sure, but it stood no chance in the comedy category (even though it was the best movie of the bunch) you can’t win when you’re miss-categorized.
Most people were upset about Daniel Kaluuyla not winning over James Franco, but that doesn’t bother me as much because I feel like Franco nailed the role of Tommy Wiseua, but it does bother me that Jordan Peele wasn’t nominated for best director. He may not have won but he at least deserved a nomination because as I’ve stated so many times, Get Out was a brilliant concept. I feel like Jrdan Peele would’ve won that award, especially since Guillermo del Toro took home the award for The Shape of Water. It just blows my mind Get Out went home with nothing.
Here were some other reactions.
– Evette Dionne ðŸ¤” (@freeblackgirl) January 8, 2018
1. Get Out should’ve been a Drama nominee.
2. Get Out should’ve won over Three Billboards.#GoldenGlobes
– Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) January 8, 2018
– Madam President (@ieshasdaboya) January 8, 2018