Actor, writer and director Jordan Peele has a new title for himself: Academy Award-winning screenwriter.
Actually, it’s history-making, Academy Award-winning screenwriter. He’s the first black person to win the award for original screenplay.
“I stopped writing this film about 20 times because I thought it was impossible,” Peele said during his acceptance speech, figuring that no one would let him make a film where the black hero violently kills a bunch of white people. (They totally had it coming, by the way.)
Peele dedicated his Oscar to his mother, “who taught me to love in the face of hate,” he said.
At publishing time, the Oscars for best picture, best director or best actor, the other categories for which Get Out netted nominations, had not been announced yet. Peele still has the opportunity to make history again. He’s only the fifth black man in the 90-year history of the Oscars to be nominated for best director. The other four are John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen and Barry Jenkins.