Get Out director Jordan Peele is having a very good year! He started the year off with the huge success of his socially conscious horror film and now he has earned CinemaCon’s Director of the Year Award. Peele will be honored today in Las Vegas at the gathering of The National Association of Theater Owners.
According to the AJC, CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser said in a statement: “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say hypnotized, with his wildly inventive directorial debut, and we are ecstatic to be honoring him as this year’s ‘Director of the Year.’”
In an interview with the AJC, Peele said “I wrote this movie in the Obama presidency. It felt like race was not being discussed in a way I felt like it deserved to be.”
Peele made history as the first African-American director to earn $100M with a film debut.
SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Jennifer Brett