Jordan Peele Makes Oscar History With 'Get Out' Screenplay Win

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.

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".

By Daniel Orubo, published on 05/03/2018