During an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Thursday night, the actor calimedthat he was told he wasn’t in the “first group” of invitees, despite Howery playing a significant role in the film, which received four nominations, including one for best picture.
Though Get Out received four nominations for this year’s Oscars, one of the film’s stars, Lil Rel Howery, told Jimmy Kimmel that he wasn’t invited to the ceremony.
Kimmel, who is set to host the Academy Awards for the second year in a row, was quick to congratulate Howery on the film’s nominations, when he stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live, before asking whether he planned on attending.
“Well I thought I was. You know, we called today looking for my ticket. And they were like ‘You’re not in the first group,’” Howery revealed. “So, the first tickets that they give out, I’m not on that list.”
Howery’s complaint appears to be premature, however, according to one source familiar with the ticketing process for the show. At the moment, the only guests assured of seats are the actual nominees. The Academy is not expected to review studio requests for ticket allocations until next week.
Confused as to why he failed to receive an invitation, the actor said he went on YouTube to count how many people attended last year’s Oscars on behalf of Moonlight and La La Land. “There was like 20 people on the stage,” Howery argued. “So they get extra tickets.”
Kimmel said he would make sure Howery’s there. “Listen, I’ll get you in, don’t worry – I’m the host of it. You had a big part in that movie. It’s not like you had a little scene.”
Still, Howery does have a glitzy alternative if he doesn’t get into the Oscars. The Get Out actor revealed that he was invited to a gathering held by Jay-Z for an Oscars screening, but he declined the offer because he intended on being at the ceremony. “I thought last night I was really good,” the actor said. “They’re going to throw an after party. I’d rather go to the show, then afterwards,” Howery said.
Get Out is nominated for four Academy Awards including best original screenplay, best picture, best director and a best actor nom for Daniel Kaluuya.
A rep for Universal declined to comment, but an Academy spokesperson explained, “We extend invitations to nominees only, and each studio and distributor receives a limited ticket allotment to use at their discretion.”
Jan. 26, 1:40 p.m.: Undated to include Academy statement.