Oscar Voters Are Dismissing ‘Get Out’ Without Having Even Seen It
New, younger Oscar voters admitted that the old guard dismissed Jordan Peele’s Get Out as a non-contender without seeing the film.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched a poll amongst its new Oscar voters to see how they might change the way how they pick its award winners. Vulture then went on to interview 14 of these new members and their comments exposed just how stuck in the past the older Academy voters are.
Several older Academy members dismissed Jordan Peele’s Get Out as a non-Oscar contender without even having seen the film. “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 important.”
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According to the younger, more diverse group, many voters say the diversity issues that sparked #OscarsSoWhite are not going to go away overnight. “It’s still a lot of white dudes,” one voter said. “I think these movements are far more likely to play out amongst younger voters than older ones: There are a lot of voters in their 70s, 80s and 90s in Beverly Hills whose view of the world is probably a little too locked-in, and a movie like Get Out might be too much for them,” said one young Academy member.
Elsewhere, other new voters cited the #MeToo movement as having an effect when it comes to casting their votes. “[James Franco] definitely fell out of the race for me,” said one actress, a new voter. “When I first saw The Disaster Artist, I felt he was very talented, but after all those allegations came out in the press, he definitely fell from grace with me. I cannot allow somebody to walk away with an award when they are not a good person, and harming women.”
Read the full Vulture piece right here, keep an eye out for our Oscars prediction list to run tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 28, and tune in to the award ceremony as the show airs on March 4.