Jordan Peele Makes History With His Oscar Win

The 90th Academy Awards brought with it a few surprising but welcomed winners.

Get Out’s Jordan Peele earned his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, and made history in the process. Peele became the first black writer to win in his category. Despite his win in writing, Peele lost to The Shape of Water’s Guillermo del Toro for Best Director.

Jordan Peele stopped writing the script for his horror-satire film “Get Out” about 20 times before he finally finished it. On Sunday night, it won him an Oscar.

“I thought it was impossible,” Peele said while accepting the award for best original screenplay. “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 that if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it.”

Peele made history as the first black writer to ever win in the category. He also earned nominations for best director and best picture, making him the third person ever to have their directorial debut appear in all three categories. (The two who previously accomplished this feat were Warren Beatty with 1978’s “Heaven Can Wait” and James L. Brooks for 1983’s “Terms of Endearment”).

All in all, it kind of went the way people thought it was going to go — and while that doesn’t make it interesting, it certainly makes it an Oscars evening.

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