Jordan Peele’s socio-political horror movie launched its awards campaign earlier in the year – and very unusually for a horror, it actually stands a pretty good chance.
Now as we get closer to awards season, Universal has had to decide which category it should complete in at the Golden Globes. Unlike the Oscars or the BAFTAs, the Globes award a Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress in two categories – ‘Drama’ and ‘Comedy or Musical’.
And Get Out has opted for Comedy or Musical.
Variety awards editor Kristopher Tapley tweeted that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which votes for the Globes, has accepted this categorisation.
It’s not especially outlandish – Get Out definitely has a very strong vein of humour. And despite big themes and a genuine understanding of horror (which means it’s also very tense), the movie is definitely played for laughs.
It’s not a spoof, but rather a horror-com in the tradition of An American Werewolf in London that manages to be both very scary and very funny.
A nomination in the Comedy or Musical category (and there’s certainly no guarantee Get Out will get one) can be advantageous – it would stop the film from competing against the worthy dramas and true-life stories that often dominate at awards time.
Ridley Scott’s The Martian won in this category in 2015, for example, meaning it didn’t have to compete against The Revenant, which won in the Drama category. Similarly last year, no-one had to decide between La La Land and Moonlight – they both won.
This year there are some very strong contenders in the drama category including Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, as well as powerful true-life stories I, Tonya, Molly’s Game and Battle of the Sexes – and that’s before we’ve even had a chance to watch Steven Spielberg’s The Post or Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread (and they’ve got Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis respectively, which basically guarantees awards love).
The Golden Globe nominations will be announced on December 12. Meanwhile, check out all the awards runners and riders.
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