Sorry, Tom O’Neil: You’re dead wrong! ‘Get Out’ DOES have snob appeal, fires back Marcus James Dixon

Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil came at me pretty hard in his recent predictions slugfest with Daniel Montgomery and Amanda Spears, declaring that I’m “really crazy” for picking “Get Out” to win the cast prize at the 2018 SAG Awards. “The trend of snob appeal is crucial and ‘Get Out’ doesn’t have snob appeal,” he harumphs. Sorry, Tom, but you’re dead wrong! Jordan Peele‘s horror satire is one of the snobbiest films in this year’s awards derby. After all, it takes place at a rich family’s countryside estate, where a neurosurgeon (Bradley Whitford) and a psychiatrist (Catherine Keener) host fancy galas and exclusive auctions, and housekeepers and gardeners keep the property in pristine condition. That’s Snobbery with a capital S.

After declaring war against my prediction, Tom readily admits, “I could be wrong there because I’ve been consistently wrong about ‘Get Out’ throughout this awards season. It keeps popping up everywhere, including DGA. And I’m like, ‘Whoa! I better really take this seriously, because maybe it does have snob appeal.'” Below, watch the video slugfest or listen to the audio podcast.

While I’m happy to see that Tom is starting to second-guess his “Get Out” dismissal, I’ll confess that his pick of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri” to win the SAG prize is also a good one. That cast is chock full of movie stars and TV stars, and it earned a whopping four nominations, compared to only two for “Get Out.” However, it may ultimately come down to what the 120,000-plus SAG-AFTRA voters have actually seen. “Get Out” raked in $175 million at the domestic box office, compared to only $29 million for “Three Billboards.”

In my reasons for picking “Get Out” to win at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards, I also highlighted the diversity factor. More than any other awards show, SAG loves embracing films with diverse casts. Just look at recent champs like “Hidden Figures” (2016), “The Help” (2011), “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Crash” (2005) and “Traffic” (2000). Led by English actor Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out” actually focuses specifically on racial inequality, which may be too tempting for SAG voters to pass up.

Be sure to make your SAG predictions so that Hollywood insiders can see how their films and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on January 21. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 SAG Awards taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our movie forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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