On Thursday night, Get Out star Lil Rel Howery appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and admitted that no one had invited him to the Oscars.
With Get Out snagging four nominations at the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel wanted to know if Howery was going to the Academy Awards.
“Well I thought I was,” Howery said.
“What happened?” Kimmel asked.
“You know, we called and they looking for my ticket and they was like, ‘Um. You not in the first group,'” Howery explained.
“What? What does that mean, ‘you’re not in the first group’?” Kimmel asked, sounding surprised.
“So, the first tickets they give out, I’m not on that list,” Howery said.
Kimmel then promised to help out: “Listen, I’ll get you in. Don’t worry.”
“I’m serious, I want to go,” Howery said.
Kimmel expressed his surprise that Howery hadn’t been invited, saying, “You had a big part in that movie. It’s not like you had some tiny little scene!”
“I know, it’s weird, too, because do you know what I did after that call? I went and like YouTubed last year’s and counted both groups, the group that thought they won and then the group that won. There was like twenty people on that stage [from each movie],” Howery said. “So they got extra tickets.”
Howery did say, however, that he was shocked when JAY-Z invited him to an Oscar party.
“Well, I would rather go to JAY-Z’s house than sit in the audience,” Kimmel joked. “I mean, that would be a better way to watch the show, wouldn’t it?”
“I’d rather go to the show,” Howery said, noting that the JAY-Z invite was for an after-party, so he’d go to that after.
‘Get Out’ hits the Oscar scene
Jordan Peele is the fifth African American to be nominated for Best Director for his groundbreaking film, Get Out. The movie is nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya).
Peele’s nominations make him the third person and first Africa American to be nominated for writing, directing and producing in the same year.