Older Academy Voters Won’t Let Get Out Be Oscar-Great, Haven’t Even Watched Film

Daniel Kaluuya in ‘Get Out’Screenshot: Universal Pictures

Despite being nominated for four major Oscar awards this year,
including Best Movie and Best Director, some long-time Oscar
voters still haven’t watched Get Out because they
don’t deem it Academy Award material.

The news comes courtesy of a recent
interview with new members of the Academy to assess
how they were changing the way the broader organization thinks
and operates—that is to say, who it rewards.

Generally, the 14 new voters Vulture spoke to embraced Get
, which one subject called “the only masterpiece in the
running this year.”

“It feels really good that, in my opinion, the movie of the
year in back-to-back years has been made by a black filmmaker
showing a view of black life in America that we’ve rarely been
allowed to see in mainstream culture, and I really hope this
year’s voting reflects that again,” the 30-something year old
voter added.

But that sentiment wasn’t shared by older members of the
Academy, who hadn’t even watched the film, which was not only

the most profitable movie of 2017
, but among the most

From Vulture:

“I had multiple conversations with longtime Academy members
who were like, ‘That was not an Oscar film,’” said one new
voter. “And I’m like, ‘That’s bullshit. Watch it.’ Honestly,
a few of them had not even seen it and they were saying it,
so dispelling that kind of thing has been super

Unfortunately, that line of thinking is as predictable as it is
disheartening. Late last year, Jada Pinkett-Smith
voiced a similar frustration
that the Hollywood Foreign
Press didn’t even watch the box office smash, Girls
so it could be considered for Golden Globe

The film—a departure from mainstream depictions of black
trauma—was loved by critics and movie-goers alike.

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“We couldn’t get eyes on the film or a press conference,”
Pinkett-Smith said via Twitter. “How could a nom happen and how
much more critical acclaim must a movie have to simply get a

It’s one thing to disagree with the artistic merits and value
of a film, and surely, lovers of movies do all the time. It’s
quite a different matter to write off a film wholesale without
even watching it—especially when it is literally your job.

At least new one member of the Academy however, believes that
the influx of new voters has already affected who gets awards,
and could nullify a potential Get Out snub from the
old Oscar guard.

“When Moonlight won,” said the voter, “it felt like
the new members of the Academy, myself included, really had
made a difference.”

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