A few days ago, we reported that if Jordan Peele's recent horror smash Get Out is to compete at the Golden Globes this season, it will do so in the Best Comedy/Musical category. Today we have new information as to why.
In a statement via Deadline, Jordan Peele makes it clear that the film is being considered for that category because that is how he and his producers at Blumhouse decided to submit it to the nominating committee. According to Peele:
"The most rewarding part of making 'Get Out' is the conversations the film has inspired. When I originally heard the idea of placing it in the comedy category it didn’t register to me as an issue. I missed it. There’s no category for social thriller. So what? I moved on.
I made this movie for the loyal black horror fans who have been underrepresented for years. When people began standing up for my voice, it meant a lot. 'Get Out' doesn’t just belong to me any more, now it belongs to everyone.
The reason for the visceral response to this movie being called a comedy is that we are still living in a time in which African American cries for justice aren’t being taken seriously. It’s important to acknowledge that though there are funny moments, the systemic racism that the movie is about is very real. More than anything, it shows me that film can be a force for change. At the end of the day, call “Get Out” horror, comedy, drama, action or documentary, I don’t care. Whatever you call it, just know it’s our truth."
If there were a category for "social thriller" then perhaps things would be different, but we don't see that particular change happening anytime soon. There can be just as much truth in comedy as there is in drama, and ultimately, any celebration or greater exposure of this film is a positive thing.
We'll know whether or not it Get Out compete when the Golden Globe nominations are announced on Dec. 11.