The actor and comedian, who starred in Jordan Peele's breakout social thriller last year, offered his thoughts on the new Academy category honoring blockbuster films.
Last week, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced major restructuring changes to their annual Oscar telecast, including presenting the “below-the-line” categories during commercial breaks and adding a new category for best popular film.
“It’s about time,” Lil Rel Howery told The Hollywood Reporter at the Teen Choice Awards, held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday. “If that had happened last year, Get Out would’ve won the Oscar. We made more money than everybody else’s movies."
As for the effect on the industry, Howery offered, "That would make you go see movies like Girls Trip — comedies that are always pushed to the side that actually do better than most of these action films. MTV has been doing it so it’s nothing new to us as fans, but it’s about time the Oscars start to upgrade some things they’ve been doing for the last 70 years.”
The Get Out star also expressed his feelings toward the current structure of the show and its traditionalist award show format, “They need to change the energy of the show. It needs to be more fun."
Love, Simon actor Nick Robinson was also on the blue carpet at the awards to discuss the positive reactions following the release of the LGBT-themed comedy-drama as well as his thoughts on the new Oscar changes.
“I think it’s great,” Robinson told THR. “It broadens [the Oscars] to an audience of what people are wanting to see, anyways.”