Oscars: 10 Things to Know About Best Picture Nominee 'Get Out'

2:44 PM 2/26/2018

by Deirdre Durkan

The social horror-thriller made Oscar history with its four nominations.

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Get Out is a "social horror-thriller" from writer-director Jordan Peele that covers racial politics and America in a way not seen on the big screen before.

British actor Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, a photographer who goes to meet his girlfriend Rose's (Allison Williams) parents for the first time. While Rose's parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener), are eager to befriend Chris, Missy, a shrink specializing in hypnosis therapy, wants to put Chris under to help him quit smoking. What ensues is a chilling thriller that has netted four Oscar nominations.

Below find 10 facts about Get Out, from behind-the-scenes interviews to why Peele never thought it would be produced. 

  • Peele Wrote the Script During the Obama Administration

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    Jordan Peele started developing the script for his hit in 2008, during what he refers to as a "post-racial lie." Peele wanted his movie to be rooted in the racism in the mundane, daily occurrences, rather than the the hyperbolic bigotry that is often presented in Hollywood films.

    At the 2017's Film Independent Forum, the director said, “Part of the black identity is the horror of America. I thought, what if I didn’t take it to typical type of racism, the white superiority — the Trumpism — but what if it was the other side of that. What if the type of racism that I am exploring is micro-aggression." 

  • Peele on Growing up Biracial: "I've Always Identified as an Outsider"

    In a discussion with Norman Lear at the Produced By conference, the writer-director of the breakout hit said, “I’ve always identified as an outsider, as someone who doesn’t have a clear identity or home.”

    Peele grew up with a white mother and black father and when in making Get Out, felt a responsibility to create “a movie that served the black audience, which has never had this type of representation.”

     

  • The Film Was Made for $4.5 Million But Grossed More Than $250 Million Worldwide

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    Get Out, produced by Blumhouse Productions and released by Universal, was made for just $4.5 million and has grossed more than $250 million worldwide.

    In its first weekend at the domestic box office, it took in $30.5 million in gross ticket sales, surpassing the next-highest-grossing movie of the weekend, The Lego Batman Movie. 

    Blumhouse Productions uses a low-financial-risk, high-reward model and is known for producing low-budge horror films, like Insidious, The Purge, Split and Paranormal Activity. 

  • Peele Was Inspired by Jonathan Demme's 'Silence of the Lambs'

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    The scene when Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) falls under hypnosis by his prospective mother-in-law, played by Catherine Keener, was purposely horrifying and disturbing.

    Peele recalls, “It’s a horror movie. I’ve got to give them a scary scene, and I want to make this one of the scariest scenes of all time.” So for inspiration, he turned to Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs.

     

     

  • Funny or Die Reimagined 'Get Out' Starring the Trump Family

    Jordan Peele has said he enjoyed the spoof Funny or Die did of Get Out, which replaced Rose's family with the Trumps in a two-minute video. 

  • Music Teacher Michael  Abels Hadn't Scored a Film Since His College Days Until 'Get Out'

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    A producer called music teacher Michael Abels out of the blue to ask him to create the Jordan Peele film's sounds, which are as multifaceted as the thriller itself.

    “The script I read was about 90 percent of what you see in the finished film,” he says. “It was just one of a kind. And I thought, I’ve lived in this town long enough to know that a great script does not always a great movie make. And who’s to know how it will turn out, but there’s never been anything like this and I would love to be a part of it,” Abels said, on what prompted him to work on Get Out

  • Producer Jason Blum’s Favorite Thing About the Film: "By the End of It, Everyone Is on the Same Side"

    "When you come into Get Out," producer Jason Blum told The Hollywood Reporter, "white people might relate to Allison [Williams] more, and black people might relate to Daniel [Kaluuya] more, but by the end of the movie, everyone is on the same side. That's probably my favorite thing about the movie.

    Blum also said that earlier drafts of the ending did not end with Chris killing the family and getting out, but rather the cops actually arrive and he goes to fail for slaughtering an entire family of white people. 

  • Peele Calls 'Get Out' a "Historical Documentary"

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    Peele's film being nominated in the musical/comedy category at the Golden Globes stirred up some controversy across social media. Peele joked to Seth Meyers, "I submitted it as a documentary."

    The director further explained that: "The movie is truth. The thing that resonated with people was truth, so for me it’s more of a historical biopic.”

  • The Film Earned a 99 Percent Rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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    Jordan Peele's film debut achieved something very few movies had: It accumulated a nearly perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes. This made it one of the best-reviewed films of 2017.

  • Peele Never Thought the Film Would Get Made Because of the Ending

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    The writer-director didn't think the hit comedy-horror movie would ever be produced because of the ending and dabbled with just putting Chris in jail at the end for killing the family.

    “I didn’t think anyone would make a movie where a black guy kills a white family at the end, and everyone cheers for him,” Peele confessed.