Question of the day: is it time to consider canceling mainstream movie awards altogether? Based on last night’s Golden Globes, that just might be the case.
Despite being one of the most talked-about, culture-shifting films of 2017 (yes, college professors are using it in their curriculum), Get Out received no love at the 2018 Golden Globes. Despite its distinction as a social horror film by director Jordan Peele, the movie had to be strategically placed in the comedy category in order to increase it’s chances to win, but to no avail. Despite being two of the highest grossing films of the year at the box office, Get Out did not receive a single award while Girls Trip wasn’t even nominated. So with all that in mind, it’s really no wonder that people are ready to tell the mainstream awards to get TF outta here.
First off, let’s point out that within the year of it’s release, Get Out transcended from being just another horror movie to a serious conversation starter. It was a conduit to deeper discussions about race relations, insidious white supremacy, code switching and everything in between. The narratives and symbolism kept people guessing, and I’d venture to say its the first time race has been the underlying theme in a mainstream horror movie.
Girls Trip raked in an astonishing $139 million worldwide. It received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and became the launch pad for Tiffany Haddish, who is currently one of the most important comedians in Hollywood today. Still, the Globes voters did not agree that it was among the standout projects of 2017.
For these reasons, you can see why people are fed up with mainstream awards shows and their repeated failure to recognize true cultural impact. Take one look at social media and well…fed up is probably an understatement for how some fans are feeling right now.
As much progress as Hollywood makes (thinking of Guillermo del Toro, Oprah, Aziz Ansari, Sterling K. Brown, and Coco right now), there’s still much they continue to get wrong. Not awarding Get Out and snubbing Girl’s Trip are two of those glaring missteps. #GoldenGlobes
— Evette Dionne (@freeblackgirl) January 8, 2018
— KatieHalper (@kthalps) January 8, 2018
First of all, GET OUT was more of a documentary instead of a comedy. Second, Issa Rae was robbed. Third, y’all can have your little Annual Mayonnaise Meetup back #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/AbnkReDc9t
— Izzy and Christina (@needlesandnylon) January 8, 2018
The Golden Globes made self-deprecating jokes about lack of diversity for just one year and went right back to awarding Caucasians, sounds about white
— Comorienne (@_ShamGod) January 8, 2018
The Get Out snub reeks of the Globes trying to put Jordan Peele in his place after he (correctly) pointed out that his film shouldn’t be in the comedy category. White people getting upset when we think black people aren’t “grateful enough” needs to stop. We need to do better.
— Charlotte Tin (@Charcuterie) January 8, 2018
Came out of theater after Lady Bird like WHAT?? #GetOut was trenchant commentary that referenced other classics. #LadyBird was a trite story that recycled garbage tropes. The movie w/ the Token Black Character won? Sounds abt white. #GoldenGlobes
— Angela López (@angecan15) January 8, 2018
You know what they say: "a Hit dog will Holla" . Can't expect white amerikkka to award a breakout movie like #GetOut b/c its hits too close to home about them & race. We really should not be looking from validation from "them" anyway . We good #GoldenGlobes #GoldenGlobes2018 pic.twitter.com/dOTEWd3FVN
— Sachen (@Sachen63579557) January 8, 2018
— Saalika Khan (@OTTERonWATER) January 8, 2018
So is anyone gonna say it…Golden Globes we just went back to awards so white…I'm all for women, but it's like, black people and people of color were non existent at that show (with the exception of Oprah, Sterling K Brown, and Aziz Ansari) #goldenglobesSoWhite
— Kimberly Pearson (@MsKimpossible1) January 8, 2018
While Get Out still has a chance to score big at the Oscars, history shows that the Globes usually sets the tone for the remainder of awards season. Let’s hope the Academy can course correct and give Jordan Peele his just due. Otherwise, the people will be justified in not giving these grandiose awards shows the time of day.
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