*An Oscar voter has accused the studio behind Oscar nominee “Get Out” of playing the race card, and says it soured her decision to even consider the film for best picture.
“It’s a good B-movie and I enjoyed it,” an anonymous voter from the Academy’s actor branch told The Hollywood Reporter of the film. “…But what bothered me afterwards was that, instead of focusing on the fact that this was an entertaining little horror movie that made quite a bit of money, they started trying to suggest it had deeper meaning than it does — and, as far as I’m concerned, they played the race card, and that really turned me off.”
“…In fact, at one of the luncheons, the lead actor [Daniel Kaluuya], who’s not from the United States [he’s British], was giving us a lecture on racism in America and how lack lives matter, and I thought, ‘What does this have to do with Get Out? They are trying to make me think that if I don’t vote for this movie, I’m a racist.’ I was really offended.”
The film lost its bid for best picture to “The Shape of Water,” and Jordan Peele lost in the best director category, but he became the first black person to win an Oscar for best original screenplay.