With his Oscar nomination for Best Director, Get Out's Jordan Peele became only the fifth black director to ever be nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (He joins Greta Gerwig, who is only the fifth female director ever nominated.)
It took the Academy until 1991 to nominate a black director: John Singleton, for Boyz n the Hood. (He remains the youngest director ever nominated.) The other directors nominated are Lee Daniels for Precious in 2009, Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave in 2013 and Barry Jenkins for Moonlight in 2017. Despite both 12 Years and Moonlight winning Best Picture, neither director took home Best Director.
Get Out collected four Academy Award nominations in total, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and a Best Actor nod for Daniel Kaluuya. Peele also became only the fourth black person ever up for Best Original Screenplay. (He follows Suzanne de Passe for Lady Sings the Blues in 1972, Spike Lee for Do the Right Thing in 1989 and Singleton.)
The horror film has had quite the journey to the Oscars, premiering nearly a full year ago, during Oscar Weekend 2017. It has not only stood the test of time, it became perhaps most important film of the year, its meditation on race and racism saying something relevant to the world we're living in now. For those exact reasons, Peele told ET he once "literally thought this was an unproduceable movie because people seem to be afraid to take race on."
Despite an early snub at the Golden Globes, Peele won Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review and is up for both Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures and Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director at the Directors Guild Awards. (The DGA Awards will be announced on Feb. 3.)
"I'm a very lucky man," Peele said when Get Out premiered. "I don't know how it goes up from here."
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