This year’s Oscars were handed out just weeks ago, but if you’re looking for an early contender for next year’s best picture, “Us” looks like it has all the makings.
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Peele has gained clout with the Academy since “Get Out” was nominated for three awards in 2018. Peele earned himself an Oscar for best original screenplay that year. He was also a producer on Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” which earned a best picture nomination this year, but lost to “Green Book.”
“Jordan Peele is a one-man revolution in relation to the horror genre,” Lowenstein said. “And I’m thrilled that he’s taking on the mantle with such enthusiasm and with ‘Us,’ an unapologetic tie to the horror genre.”
The Academy Award nominations for the 92nd annual ceremony won’t be announced until 2020, but that doesn’t mean critics aren’t already speculating about “Us'” chance at scoring several nominations. Peele’s “Get Out” hit theaters in February and was still nominated despite not being released during the typical Oscar bait release window of November and December.
“Us” is already tracking towards a $50 million opening weekend, a strong start for a horror film that doesn’t have the benefit of a major franchise fueling ticket sales.
“It speaks to the impact of Jordan Peele,” Shawn Robbins, senior analyst at BoxOffice, said, noting that this is only Peele’s second directorial credit.