The web’s oldest (and largest) professional collection of film critics has released its 2017 awards and, for one genre film in particular, the news is only good.
Get Out, writer/director Jordan Peele’s debut horror/satire about a black man going to his white girlfriend’s parents’ house, continues through the end of awards season with a haul collected from critics associations across the country and the American Film Institute.
Now it’s landed the Best Picture award from the Online Film Critics Society, according to the society’s Twitter account.
The Shape of Water, the Creature from the Black Lagoon-esque love story whose awards presence also hasn’t been too shabby, was runner-up and earned a win thanks to Sally Hawkins’ stellar leading performance. The other award earned by Get Out was Best Original Screenplay, though its lead Daniel Kaluuya was runner-up for both its Best Actor and Breakout Performance designations.
Rounding out the genre wins was Blade Runner 2049’s well-deserved win for Roger Deakins’ cinematography. Deakins, perpetual Oscars bridesmaid, has earned a similarly large cache of honors this season for his bleak and beautiful depictions of the near future, which may be enough buzz to finally end his curse.
The healthy representation of genre films in the OFCS winners is reflective of the rest of the season, with large strides being made in sci-fi, horror, and fantasy to compete with the typically realistic dramas.