While Jordan Peele’s satirical horror film, Get Out didn’t take home 'Best Picture' at last night’s Academy Awards – that honour went to The Shape Of Water – the talented writer and director, thankfully, didn't leave the ceremony empty-handed.
In the toughest category of the night, Peele became the first black writer to take home the Oscar for 'Best Original Screenplay' – beating out the likes of Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird and Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water.
I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018
While black writers have taken home the Oscar in the 'Best Adapted Screenplay' category — Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney won it just last year for Moonlight — the 'Best Original Screenplay' category has always been very white.
In the Academy Award's 90 years, only four black writers have ever been nominated in the category: Suzanne de Passe for Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Spike Lee for Do the Right Thing (1989), John Singleton for Boyz n the Hood (1991) and, eventual winner, Peele.
Speaking about writing the film, Peele said during his acceptance speech:
"I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible.
But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, people would hear it and people would see it."
Well, he was definitely right about people seeing it. The film was a box office juggernaut — grossing $255 million on a $4.5 budget. We hope this honour gives him the push to start on that sequel he swore he'd "seriously consider".
"I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn't going to work. I thought no one would ever make this movie." —@JordanPeele #Oscars pic.twitter.com/R7n7S0h9YA— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) March 5, 2018