Jordan Peele won best original screenplay at the 90th Annual Academy Awards for his film “Get Out” becoming the first African American to do so.
“I stopped writing this movie about 20 times… I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn’t going to work.” said Peele while accepting the award for best original screenplay.
“Get Out” beat out Lady Bird, The Big Sick, The Shape of Water, and Three Billboards, for best original screenplay.
During his speech, he also thanked everyone who saw the film.
“To everybody who went and saw this movie, to everybody who bought a ticket, who told somebody to buy a ticket, thank you — I love you for shouting out at the theater, shouting out at the screen, let’s keep going. I love you all, thank you so much.” said Peele. After accepting his award Peele spoke about making history and the world of black films. He spoke on how few role models there were when it came to black directors. He also talked about the importance of being an Oscar-winning black filmmaker.
“I instantly realized that an award like this is much bigger than me. This is about paying it forward to the young people who might not believe that they could achieve the highest honor in whatever craft they want to push for,” said Peele “You’re not a failure if you don’t get this. But I almost didn’t do it because I didn’t believe that there was a place for me.”
Get Out was also nominated for best picture but lost to The Shape of Water.