Pop Culture Intervention

3 Ways 'Get Out' Changed The Horror Genre And Why It Deserves A Big Oscars Win This Year

It could make history.

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If you watch a lot of movies each year, Oscars season is rough.

After finding out which films have been nominated for categories such as Best Picture or Best Directing, it's hard not to immediately start deciding which ones you think deserve an award. And with so many unique and groundbreaking films making the nominations cut this year, it's tougher to narrow these choices down.


If you happen to have been living under a rock for a year, Get Out is a film about Chris Washington, an African-American man who goes to visit his White girlfriend Rose Armitage's family for the weekend and things take a turn when he finds out what they're truly capable of. After its release in early 2017, Get Out grossed $176 million and became part of the national conversation with memes and GIFs exploring the film's unapologetic discussion of race.

At this Sunday' Oscars, the film is nominated for Best Picture, Directing, and Original Screenplay. The movie's main character, played by Daniel Kaluuya, was nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Here are three major reasons why it deserves Best Picture and pretty much every category it's nominated for this year:

1. It’s the sixth horror film ever to be nominated for Best Picture and that says a lot.

In the Oscars' 90-year history, Get Out's Best Picture nomination is up there with The Exorcist, Jaws, The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, and Black Swan. It's rare for the Academy to nominate a horror film, due to the fact that the Oscars have "a known genre bias" and typically favor dramatic films the most, according to a recent report from Vox.

Although writer and director Jordan Peele feels Get Out isn't just a cut and dry horror film, he told Entertainment Weekly characterizing it within that genre was important.

"I felt like there was a missing piece of the conversation both in the genre and the racial conversation," Peele said. "I felt like if I could address that and sort of fill that void, that something good would come from it, or something would come from it."

2. Other minority groups can relate to the film’s central theme.

For people of color — or those who are considered to be a minority based on gender, sexual orientation, or ability — there's one scene from Get Out that might resonate with them.

In the scene, Chris is up at Rose's family's home during a garden party. As he gets introduced to family friends, he begins to feel incredibly uncomfortable as people keep making his race as the focal point of their conversations.

"I think it applies to not just Black people, but any minority," Peele said to Entertainment Weekly. "I believe it applies to if you're the only woman in a room full of men, there's this otherness that happens. That experience when you're seen as what you are before you're seen as who you are, or who you potentially are."

Kaluuya also touches on the subject with Entertainment Weekly, noting that for some people, "that kind of racism that isn't seen as racism."

3. Its cultural significance is inspiring professors to build entire classes around the film.

Last October, Peele took a trip to a UCLA class. But it wasn't just any class, it was one essentially devoted to Get Out.

The class, titled "The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and Black Horror Aesthetic," is taught by Professor Tananarive Due. Due had an opportunity to sneak Peele into the classroom and reveal his presence after he raised his hand following a clip from Get Out. With excited students ready to listen to Peele, the writer-director shared his interpretation of his work and opened the floor for questions.

Just last month, Peele returned to that same UCLA class to discuss the film with a new batch of students.

Meanwhile, at the University of California, Riverside, Professor John Jennings told the A.V. Club that after seeing Get Out, he was instantly inspired to go to his office and write a syllabus for a class on the film.

"I think there's going to be a before Get Out and an after Get Out," he said.

Find out if Get Out makes history at this year's 90th Academy Awards on NBC, Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.


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