Last Thursday was huge for Jordan Peele and his film Get Out.
The horror film about an interracial couple that visits a suburban New England town, won the Critics’ Choice Award for the Best Screenplay and Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie. The honor was the first of award season for the film that grossed $252 million worldwide —making it the highest grossing debut project for a writer-director with an original screenplay.
“I think people are scared to talk about race and when we suppress things — ideas, thoughts, feelings, fears — they need to get out in some way,” Peele told the Los Angeles Times about the film. “I think Get Out is a film that satisfies the need to think about, discuss and deal with race but it does it in a way that’s more comfortable because it’s fun.”
Also going home with awards were Sterling K. Brown with Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role in This Is Us and RuPaul for Best Reality Show Host for RuPaul’s Drag Race.