Jordan Peele's 'Get Out' Receives 4 Oscar Nominations

Carla Harmon
January 23, 2018

Peele made history when the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, and he's in good company.

Indeed, the lack of female nominees in the Golden Globes best director category was swiftly criticized after those nominations were unveiled last month. Both Hollywood newcomers and veterans set records in several categories, ranging from cinematography to original screenplay. If he were to win, he'd be the first black director to ever to win the category. The most recent was Barry Jenkins, for 2016's Best Picture victor, Moonlight, while the first was John Singleton in 1991, for Boyz n the Hood.

Aside from audience members who are celebrating the film's Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor nomination, the stars themselves took to Twitter to bask in celebratory disbelief.

Let that sink in: Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele - two first-time directors: one female, one black - are nominated alongside filmmaking stalwarts Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk) and Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water) for their work directing a horror film and humble coming-of-age tale far removed from standard Oscar bait fodder.

Peele also made history in the spring when he became the first writer-director whose debut film earned more than $100 million at the box office.

Gerwig is only one of five women to ever be up for best director, and equally as surprising is the fact that Peele is only the fifth black director to be up for this title. No African-American has ever won the Best Director Oscar. Morrison, who also worked on the highly anticipated "Black Panther", was named best cinematographer by the New York Film Critics Circle earlier in the awards season.

No actors of color were nominated in the four acting categories in 2015 or 2016, sparking the #OscarsSoWhite movement in an effort to diversify The Academy, as well as the award show.

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