The nominations came out this morning... and I started trying to think of any movie, filmed in our area, that ever got this kind of acclaim.
The only thing I could think of was "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", which created a stir in 1977 when it was filmed in Mobile-- 40 years ago! It won an Oscar for Best Cinematography, and was nominated for Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Music.... 8 nominations in all... but NOT for Best Picture.
Get Out, which filmed scenes in Fairhope and Mobile, is nominated for 4 big Oscars--
Best Actor, Daniel Kaluuya
Best Director, Jordan Peele
Best Original Screenplay, Jordan Peele
Not bad for Jordan Peele's film writing and directing debut, huh?
That's rare... a popular movie getting nominated. But that's not the only thing that's unusual. Horror movies usually don't get Oscar nominations ... neither do movies that came out almost a year before the nominations--
The movie got rave reviews... and the Gulf Coast got rave reviews from the cast, too
Oh, and if you haven't seen the movie... it's not for the faint of heart--