Hear Me Out: Jordan Peele Deserves The Oscar, But He Won't Get It


Hear Me Out: Jordan Peele deserves the Oscar, but will he get it?

Jordan Peele Deserves The Oscar For Directing

Hear Me Out

If you saw Get Out you likely know what I'm talking about. Jordan Peele, originally known for his sketch comedy show on Comedy Central (with the delightful Keegan-Michael Key) had a hit last summer with this rule breaking thriller. He wrote a simple script; boy meets girl, girl brings home boy to family, actual bat-shit crazy ensues, it is truly a messed up version of Look Who's Coming To Dinner. With racism themes that sparked many discussions, Get Out grossed more than $250 million dollars at the box office, against it's $4.5 million budget.

Peele took to Twitter after news broke that he was nominated for Best Director at the 90th Academy Awards.

Peele deserves this accolade, he deserves to win; he wrote a script we've never seen before, with prevalent race issues millions of Americans are enduring. The movie was good, actually really good. It had you thinking long after you left the theater and if you watched it a second (or third) time, you saw something you didn't originally see. It had excellent performances from Daniel Kaluuya, who was also nominated for Best Actor. Peele should win, but sadly, he will probably walk away empty handed.


Oscars So White

Peele makes history with this nomination. Deadline reports;

"First time an African American has been honored with a Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Screenplay nominations in one year as well as the third filmmaker ever to get the trifecta of honors for a directorial debut joining Warren Beatty for Heaven Can Wait and James L. Brooks for Terms of Endearment".

โ€œWhat is most meaningful for me, is what kind of impact this will have on artists of color and anyone who feels like the outsider can hopefully see what we did with this film and be encouraged that with hard work that they can achieve their dream โ€” and that they can achieve anything,โ€ Peele added.

And he has stiff competition, that I will give him. Other directors nominated, Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird, Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk, Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water, and Paul Thomas Anderson, for Phantom Thread, a movie I have heard very little about. This isn't a scientific response, but movies aren't good for goodness sake anymore. They are curated to be "Oscar bait", they are usually boring, long, and emotional. Bridesmaids was nominated one year but everyone walked away with nothing. And the awards season is very political, actors have to make the rounds, distributors pump money into ads and theaters, it's another media circus around movies that were out nearly a year ago. Everywhere you turn, the same movies are nominated at all the award shows. And the best movie or actor doesn't necessarily win. The loudest movie is heard.

There is, clearly, much more progress to be made, a sentence that I have heard, read, and now wrote, for what feels like an eternity. #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign points out, "when we're still at the point where we're pointing out the 'first' whatever, there's still a long ways to go".



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