This makes Peele the first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars. While Peele may have has three more nominations to look forward to on Oscars night after his win was announced, at least he can check this accomplishment off the list. Following his win, Peele was met with resounding applause and a standing ovation from Academy Award attendees. I didn't know it was possible for celebrities to look so overjoyed for someone else's win, but I can honestly say I didn't see one frown in that entire room.
The acclaimed film Get Out not only has secured itself a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but its complex storyline has led to a talks of symbolism and multiple hidden meaning theories. There aren't many films that literally shake an entire industry, but judging from the reactions from audiences, Get Out did just that. So naturally, many were hoping and expecting Peele to take home that Oscar for Best Screenplay, and it's without question that we're all seriously jazzed that it indeed happened.
I'm not the only one doing a happy dance for Peele.
Fans were seriously rooting for him via Twitter.
Clearly the world loves Jordan Peele, and I must say that I'm at the forefront of that club.
So even though he officially had one win under his belt, but that didn't mean the Oscar winning screenwriter could rest easy for the remainder of the night.
It was a long night for the Academy Award winner. Besides his Best Screenplay win, Peele was nominated for Best Director and Best Motion Picture for Get Out. However, this win proved that the story behind his project is an important one to discuss and share with the public.
Speaking to CNN, Peele relayed what he learned from writing Get Out as well as acknowledging the reception it received from the public.
I think the biggest thing Get Out taught me about the power of story is that one of the few ways we can promote empathy is by seeing the world through somebody else's eyes, and that's what that's what great story does. That's what a strong protagonist does.
Despite it being called a "social thriller," many have confused the film for a comedy, specifically the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. In response to his Golden Globe nomination for Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture, Peele spoke to IndieWire about Get Out not being able to be "put into a genre box."
The problem is, it’s not a movie that can really be put into a genre box. Originally, I set out to make a horror movie. I ended up showing it to people and hearing, you know, it doesn’t even feel like horror. It’s in this thriller world. So it was a social thriller. What the movie is about is not funny. I’ve had many black people come up to me and say, ‘man, this is the movie we’ve been talking about for a while and you did it.’ That’s a very powerful thing. For that to be put in a smaller box than it deserves is where the controversy comes from.
Peele also responded to the comedy label by tweeting that Get Out is a documentary.
According to IndieWire, Get Out grossed over $250 million worldwide. Not too shabby considering I probably contributed to half of that. I don't know about y'all, but I couldn't stop watching this cinematic masterpiece.
Congrats Jordan! You deserve all the awards.