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Jordan Peele Just Won an Oscar for 'Get Out'

The film took home an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

by River Donaghey
05 March 2018, 6:11pm

Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Oh, shit—Jordan Peele won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his brilliant social thriller, Get Out. His win makes him the first black screenwriter to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in the Academy Awards' 90-year history.

Peele is also up for the Oscar in Best Director and Best Picture for the film—a massive hit that the 39-year-old director never expected to actually wind up in theaters in the first place.

"I wrote Get Out not necessarily as something to get made," the director told Entertainment Weekly last year. "I wrote it more as something that would be fun to write and something that would help me get better as an artist."

Peele's screenplay beat out Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water—all films that are also going head-to-head for Best Picture later in the night. Get Out also beat Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani's script for The Big Sick, based on the true story of the couple's relationship.

"I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible," Peele said in his acceptance speech. "I thought it wasn't going to work. I thought no one would ever make this movie. But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it. So, I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie. "

The guy was a little more succinct on Twitter, though:


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