HELL YEAH, MATES. Jordan Peele is officially an Academy Award winner. You. Bloody. Beauty.
Peele took out the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his script for the seriously very good Get Out, beating out a hotly contested category that featured fellow nominees like Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird and Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V Gordon on The Big Sick.
In accepting the award, Peele – who made the film on a budget of US$4.5million, which in film terms is virtually the smell of an oily rag – thanked literally everyone who bought a ticket and went to see the film, as well as those who rolled the dice and allowed him to make a film that wound up being taught in schools.
.@JordanPeele wins Best Original Screenplay and thanks fans of #GetOut: “I love you for shouting out at the theater, for shouting out at the screen. Let’s keep going” https://t.co/ZF8wllV3ux #Oscars pic.twitter.com/RIbAqdFqA4
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 5, 2018
Old mate was, as you’d expect, in complete disbelief as he wandered off the stage with his tiny new golden friend.
Jordan’s happy disbelief as he walked off the stage will fuel me for…years. pic.twitter.com/ZU9S3hQyx4
— Alanna supports the WGA (@AlannaBennett) March 5, 2018
Peele’s wife Chelsea Peretti snuck everyone a closer look at the new piece of mantle-wear with a snapshot on Twitter shortly after Peele was confirmed as winner.
— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) March 5, 2018
And, as you sodding well would, the man of the hour took to Twitter to confirm his sense of utter disbelief at becoming an Academy Award-winner.
I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018
Interestingly enough, Peele now becomes the first black writer to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. A feat made all the more remarkable by the fact that, in the 90-year history of the awards, a black person has only nominated for the award a mere four times.
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
The other three nominations came from Suzanne de Passe in 1972 for Lady Sings the Blues, Spike Lee in 1989 for Do The Right Thing, and John Singleton in 1991 for Boyz N The Hood.
Hell yeah, Jordan Peele. Hell yeah Get Out.