The Gotham Independent Film Awards held its annual ceremony in Manhattan yesterday, and Jordan Peele’s racially charged Get Out was a big winner, claiming three wins out of the five categories it was nominated for.

Peele, who, in addition to directing, also wrote the script for the acclaimed horror film, was awarded Best Screenplay, as well as the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director award. Daniel Kaluuya, who stars as Chris, Get Out‘s lead, was nominated in the Best Actor category, though he ultimately lost to James Franco, whose performance as The Room‘s Tommy Wiseau is sure to garner more nominations. Peele’s film was also nominated for Best Feature, though it was defeated by Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name.

get out jordan peeleIn addition to its other wins however, Get Out also nabbed the Audience Award, which is unsurprising when considering the comedic tone and optimistic ending Jordan Peele manages to achieve amongst the scarily accurate mirror his film dares to hold against our society. The themes remain heavy and relevant, but Peele balances that with hopefulness- creating a tone that the film rode to a $254 million box office performance.

Awards season is just getting underway, but Get Out seems poised to make quite a bit of noise as the ceremonies come and go. We already know that it will be competing for a Best Musical/Comedy nomination at the Golden Globes (a move Blumhouse pushed for, utilizing the comedy aspect of the film to better its chances of bringing the award home), and though they don’t always hit the mark, the awards success of Peele’s horror flick could ultimately nab it a few nominations at the Academy Awards.

A horror film hasn’t had Oscars success since Natalie Portman brought home Best Actress for Darren Aronofsky’s psychological horror flick, Black Swan, and you’d have to go all the way back to 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs to see a horror film claim a significant amount of Oscars gold. With the horror genre thriving, can Jordan Peele change that?

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