When Jordan Peele stepped onto the Oscars stage to accept the award for Best Original Screenplay at the 90th annual Academy Awards, the internet rejoiced. Peele has been a fan-favorite comedian for years, starring in the popular series Key and Peele and several comedic feature films.
Peele wrote, produced, and made his directorial debut with Get Out, which was acclaimed this year by critics and fans alike. He took home his first Oscar for the original screenplay last night.
“This means so much to me,” Peele said, clutching his Oscar on stage.
His supporters — including his longtime comedy partner, Keegan-Michael Key — shared in Peele’s victory and celebrated on Twitter.
Great moment here when Jordan Peele wins for Get Out ! pic.twitter.com/cRTkdTNczZ
— Ben Winston (@benwinston) March 5, 2018
— Keegan-Michael Key (@KeeganMKey) March 5, 2018
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) March 5, 2018
People were especially excited about the historical significance of Peele’s win. He is the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Jordan Peele was the fourth African-American writer to be nominated for best Original Screenplay. And now he's the very first African-American screenwriter to win an Oscar for Original Screenplay. #Oscars
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) March 5, 2018
The significance of Jordan Peele winning at the #Oscars cannot be overstated. Like Obama winning, it didn’t necessarily change my reality; I am still black and poor in America… But, for millions of us, when things like that this do happen, I dunno, it just makes ya feel better!
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) March 5, 2018
— Tom Regan (@tomreganWSB) March 5, 2018
Jordan Peele with the huge win tonight, paving the way for all black directors and screenwriters✊
— Stew Allen (@LilStuzi_Vert) March 5, 2018
Jordan Peele is the first Black writer to win for original screenplay. He's just 1 of 4 Black writers to be nominated….IN NINETY YEARS. #Oscars
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) March 5, 2018
While all the reactions were positive, no one was more surprised by the win than Peele himself, who wrote on Twitter:
I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018
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