Get Out, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut about race relations and the dangers of white women who drink milk, is many things: scathing commentary on interracial dating; a horror satire; occasionally funny. But is it funny enough to be a “comedy”?
Maybe! Who knows! My opinion certainly doesn’t matter, because, per Entertainment Weekly, Get Out is competing as a comedy in the Golden Globes. Is this weird? Sure, but what makes me feel better about this news is this: Given the other men who could be nominated for Best Actor, Daniel Kaluuya might take this shit home.
Per EW, the other men who could possibly be nominated for Best Actor—Motion Picture Musical or Comedy are Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), James Franco (The Disaster Artist), Matt Damon (Downsizing), and Steve Carell (Battle of the Sexes). Nanjiani’s performance in The Big Sick was poignant and charming and sharp, so he feels like a likely contender. Everyone else in that rumored list of possible nominees? Eh. James Franco as James Franco, doing James Franco in a movie that didn’t need to be made? No award for you! Hugh Jackman, singing, in a top hat and tails? No! Steve Carrell in ‘70s tennis drag? Matt Damon in this Honey, I Shrunk The Kids-esque movie about over-population? Hell no, and no sir!
Get Out isn’t a knee-slapper. I can’t imagine The Disaster Artist is either, but for very different reasons. Who knows why this movie is shoehorned into this catch-all category, but it works for me—maybe this curious bit of award show trickery will work out for the best.