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The Hilarious(?) ‘Get Out’ Will Compete as a Comedy at the Golden Globes

The Hilarious(?) ‘Get Out’ Will Compete as a Comedy at the Golden Globes

Genre distinctions are tough and getting touchier, particularly for award shows where movies are sorted by genre. This has created some controversy in the past, such as when The Martian competed as a comedy. That … made sense, sort of? The Martian had some funny parts, but it also had some very sad parts and there was the part where Matt Damon stapled his stomach back together, so it covered a lot of bases.

The controversy has returned this year for Jordan Peele’s incredible Get Out (Which you should see, if you haven’t.). The film will compete as a comedy, and nobody’s sure what to make of it. Get Out is funny, but in sort of an uncomfortable way. It’s also scary, poignant and a social satire that cuts so deep it hurts. None of that means it’s not comedic, but calling it a comedy feels awfully reductive—and shows the limitations of genre distinctions.

Some people straight up were not feeling it.

But some people thought it was a smart move.

Get Out actor Rel Howery, who quite frankly stole the movie, voiced a lot of the discomfort.

Regardless, Get Out is a strong contender at this year’s Golden Globes and if it does well there, who knows, Oscar gold may live in its future too—funny or otherwise.

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