Jordan Peele Makes History: He Is The First African-American Original Screenplay Winner At The Oscars
March 7, 2018 10:50 By Fabiosa
When, in 2016, Jordan Peele started shooting "Get Out," he was not even sure the idea was good enough to make it to the screen. But little did he know! The movie not only became a great hit but also received the Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay!
The script idea came in 2008. After having worked on it for almost five years, Peele still had no intention of turning it into a movie. So, imagine his surprise when a producer Sean McKittrick bought the story idea nearly at the first mention of it!
I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018
The movie was completed in 23 days and grossed more than $250 million! In fact, it became the most profitable film of the year!
But this is not it!
The film, which tackles racism and centers on a black man who deals with supernatural horror, made its director the first African-American to win the award! It also received nominations for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. It’s a great achievement for someone who has just made a directorial debut!
"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
To congratulate the comedian and actor on the occasion, many other celebs (including Chrissy Teigen and Zenday) took to Twitter to show how proud they are of him. And their excitement only proves that he has made history!
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 5, 2018
Jordan, I’m so proud of you and what you’ve done to build EMPATHY by using story as a “weapon for change.” We’re all rooting for you tonight! Watch my SuperSoul Conversations with Jordan, Trevor, and Salma TODAY 11am EST, streaming on my Facebook page. pic.twitter.com/UepUahM4Hr
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 4, 2018
My first jump of the night!!! So happy for Get Out!!!
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 5, 2018
We, too, congratulate Jordan Peele on the Oscar win!