*Jordan Peele, the writer/director of Universal Pictures’ hit “Get Out,” will receive the CinemaCon Director of the Year award.
The comedian will be presented with the honor at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony, which takes place March 30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
“With the phenomenon known as ‘Get Out,’” Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” said Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of CinemaCon. “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.’”
“Get Out,” which grossed over $133 million domestically in less than four weeks, centers on a young African-American man (played by Daniel Kaluuya) visiting his white girlfriend’s family estate and becoming ensnared in the sinister real reason for the invitation. It’s Peele’s feature debut as a director.