Get Out, one of the most talked about films of 2017, got the recognition it deserved on Tuesday with four Oscar nominations.
The film, which explores racism through horror and comedy, earned nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, along with the film’s writer and director Jordan Peele landing a nomination for Best Director and star Daniel Kaluuya picking up a nom for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
His nominations for directing, original screenplay, and Best Picture makes Peele the third person in history to land all three nominations in a directorial debut. He’s also the fifth Black director to be nominated for Best Director, however, none have won.
Peele took to Twitter to thank fans for watching the movie and shared his own reaction to the nominations.
I just spoke to Daniel. You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.
Somewhere in my junkpile are my 19 tickets. This beats my Back To The Future record (13 times in theaters) #GetOut was simply the best most fun time I’ve ever had in a movie theater @JordanPeele congrats https://t.co/JchlnA9LmR
Y'all really don't know how excited I am about 'Get Out' getting its due. But you'll understand if you you've peeped how these prestigious award committees treat genre films and that history. #OscarNomspic.twitter.com/PfnCe4Tgqr
Peele’s Get Out was the most profitable film of 2017 with a 630 percent return on investment. Sixteen days after its release, the film, which was made on a $5 million budget, surpassed the $100 million mark.
Hopefully, the film picks up all of its wins at the Academy Awards, which will air March 4.