Will ‘Get Out’’s free President’s Day screenings — one day before voting begins — boost its Oscar chances?

Monday, Feb. 19 is not only President’s Day, but “Get Out” Free Screening Day. In honor of the one-year anniversary of the film’s release, Feb. 24, 2017, the four-time Oscar nominee will return to 55 select AMC theaters across the country for free 7 p.m. screenings Monday. That’s five hours before Oscar voting begins and this savvy move by Universal could help “Get Out” cross the finish line at the Oscars.

Don’t get me wrong — I’m not saying Oscar voters will go out in droves at the end of the long holiday weekend to see “Get Out,” which they probably have multiple copies of at home from screener mailings. But the free screenings are a nice reminder of how far this little horror film has come.

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“Get Out” was released two days before last year’s Oscar ceremony and its breakout, box-office and zeitgeist-seizing success has far exceeded anyone’s expectations for it. This theatrical victory lap both keeps “Get Out” in the conversation during voting while making you pause and consider its achievements. Some of its Best Picture rivals aren’t even two months old at this point and “Get Out” has been in our public consciousness for a year. Plus, it’s just a lovely gesture to its fans.

“Get Out” moved up to No. 1 in our Best Original Screenplay predictions on the heels of Jordan Peele’s Writers Guild Awards win Sunday. It also shifted up to third place in our Best Picture rankings behind “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” And lest we forget, the last horror film to win Best Picture was also a February release: “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991).

Click here for more info about “Get Out”‘s free screenings.

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