Jordan Peele has picked up another award for his rapidly-expanding trophy case, with the writer-director’s social thriller “Get Out” landing the Producers Guild of America’s Stanley Kramer Award, an annual honor that goes to a film that “illuminates and raises public awareness of important social issues.”
Though “Get Out” takes the form of a horror film about a young black man who meets his white girlfriend’s parents and finds himself in a nightmarish situation, the film is also a provocative look at race relations in current-day America. “It’s hard to imagine two more different sensibilities approaching the problem of race in America than Stanley Kramer and Jordan Peele, but despite the different paths their stories take, their power springs from the same outrage, fearlessness and passion,” said Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal in a statement.
The film’s cast includes Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones and Catherine Keener. It is one of the top 15 hits of 2017, grossing more than $175 million in the U.S. and unexpectedly becoming a major force in awards season.
The Stanley Kramer Award is selected by a seven-person committee appointed by the PGA’s board of directors, and is named for the director of “Inherit the Wind,” “The Defiant Ones” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Past winners include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “Precious,” “Fruitvale Station,” “The Hunting Ground” and “Loving.”
The award will be presented to Peele and his fellow “Get Out” producers Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum and Edward H. Hamm, Jr. on January 20, 2018 at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Producers Guild Awards film and television nominations will be announced on January 5.