His Oscar nomination finally recognizes the big box-office and cultural impact of his debut directorial effort.
"Get Out" - Not only was this thriller nominated in the best picture category, but its lead actor Daniel Kaluuya also earned a bid. In most years that would help solidify which films were the absolute frontrunners, but this remains one of the most open Oscar races for years.
"I say this because Jordan Peele and myself, through different alchemies, have taken the genre and each brought a very different, very personal take", he said.
Rachel Morrison became the first female nominee for best cinematography, for her atmospheric landscapes and portraits in "Mudbound", a sign that women are getting recognition in categories that have always been males-only clubs.
For her role as Katharine Graham in "The Post", Meryl Streep received her 21st acting nomination, an Academy record. But then again, when I look at the list, I don't know who else would have gotten 13 nominations. That opened things up for Denzel Washington, who strolled in with his fifth Best Actor nomination (and second in a row, following last year's "Fences") for "Roman J. Israel, Esq.", in which he plays a lawyer battling a crisis of conscience.
Backstage: A strong showing for both African-American performers and youth - Chalamet, 22, would be the youngest best-actor victor ever if he takes home the statue.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Franco was considered by many to likely be nominated for his role in "The Disaster Artist". A screenplay is only as good as the people who perform it, after all.
Lady Bird has made a habit of being nominated for best screenplay, but director Greta Gerwig hasn't made a big splash in the Best Director race until today, with her first ever nomination in the Oscars category. Still, it would have been nice if they could have sneaked in Patty Jenkins for "Wonder Woman", or Dee Rees for "Mudbound", too (Rees scored the usual consolation prize, for her screenplay).
Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is on a roll.
In the category of production design, Sarah Greenwood earned two nominations, competing against herself for her work on "Beauty and the Beast" and "Darkest Hour".
The Shiznit also tackles Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Dunkirk, The Post, I, Tonya, mother! You can tune in to ABC March 4 to find out if "Get Out" will make it out with any golden statues.