Golden Rule: Can Get Out Bring Home the Gold

Leading up to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, we’re diving into as many of the nominated films as possible to look at what their chances are for taking home the Oscar. You can check out our list of where to watch each film here, and see the full list of nominees here. Today we’re looking at Get Out, which is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

Get Out is a horror/thriller that is full of fantastic social commentary that doesn’t beat you over the head but in several subtle ways. I won’t spoil any part of this movie. All I’m going to say is that it truly is one of if not the best films made this year and deserves every single nomination it received. It may also deserve every award it’s nominated for. That being said, the film faces an uphill battle.

Daniel Kaluuya deserves the nomination for Best Actor. He holds the film together perfectly. Without his performance, the film wouldn’t be what it is. It could have been played off as a B Horror film. But he commands the screen in every scene he is in. You feel for him. You want him to escape this hell. You root for him.

That being said, Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour) is the front-runner right now for this category. He’s probably going to win, and half of it may be a pseudo-lifetime achievement award. But it’s hard to see him losing this year.

Jordan Peele deserves the nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He wrote film that goes beyond what a horror film is expected to be. It’s something that is completely horror, completely thriller, but so incredibly cerebral – no pun intended – that it deserves this nomination in ways words cannot describe. Not since Silence of the Lambs has there been a horror film of this caliber. This is a once in a lifetime film.

But Peele faces some stiff competition as this is a year filled with Screenplays telling important stories that will live on long past this year, past this generation. It’s hard to argue that any of the nominees don’t deserve to win. But Peele is without a doubt a front runner in this category.

Peele also deserves the award for Directing. There are few times in the history of film where anyone made a directorial debut and produced such a quality film. There isn’t a moment of this film that Peele doesn’t shine. From the black vehicles the partygoers are driving to the cotton being picked from the chair, this is a finely crafted piece of art through and through. And all of it is Peele.

Most people bet Guillermo del Toro will win for the Shape of Water, another beautiful and phenomenal film. But we can’t count Peele out yet. It’s hard to say for certain who will win this one. But Peele is tied in first with del Toro and Gerwig.

I don’t know if the film can win Best Picture. It deserves the nomination. But the Academy will have a hard time giving the top prize to a horror film, despite being so thoughtfully crafted. Get Out also struggles to give that Best Picture winner vibe that most films do, but the Academy will award the top prize to something oozing classic cinematic feel. And I don’t think Get Out is that film. I would be happy to be wrong here. But I think the only film with less of a chance than Get Out is The Post.

This film deserves every single accolade it has received. It deserves every single Oscar nomination. It deserves every single Oscar. But in the end it will probably only end up taking home one. Which one, I’m not sure. But the Academy won’t give it all four categories. Most likely they’ll award it Director or Screenplay. But those are still uphill, neck and neck races.

Get Out is currently available through HBO (and HBO GO, HBO Now & HBO on Demand) as well as DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital. If you haven’t seen it, make sure you do. It’s an amazing film. It’s an important film. It’s one of, if not the best film of the year. Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Oscar coverage. The Oscars air on ABC on March 4th at 8pm ET.

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