May 25, 2018

Jordan Peele Makes History By Winning Best Original Screenplay Award

06 March 2018, 01:58 | Sheila Mcguire

2018 Oscars Red Carpet Couples

2018 Oscars Red Carpet Couples

Jordan Peele just became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and everyone, everywhere has (naturally) lost their chill.

Aside from the Best Original Screenplay category, Peele was also nominated for the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars.

"If I fall over, pick me up, because I've got some things to say", McDormand, who won a best actress Oscar for Fargo in 1997, said.

Jordan Peele transitioned from primarily being known as a sketch comedy actor for his work on Comedy Central's Key and Peele, to becoming an Academy Award nominated writer and director (now winner) with his first movie. Horror movies are seldom critical darlings, but Get Out-about a black man who goes home to meet his white girlfriend's family-is the rare exception, hanging out at 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes since its release last February.

Best Adapted Screenplay was given to Call Me By Your Name (and not The Disaster Artist).

Peele also thanked his mother for teaching him how to love in the face of hate.

Accepting the award, the filmmaker said: "This means so much to me". Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez won their second Oscar for best original song, "Remember Me" from the Disney animated hit.

Among the other nominees were "The Big Sick" and "Lady Bird".

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman presented the trophy to Peele.

"I nearly never became a director because there was such a shortage of role models", Peele, 39, told reporters backstage at the 90th Academy Awards. In his escape, he ends up killing most of the family, and starts to strangle his evil girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams), but stops as his pal Rod arrives in a police vehicle.

Best Foreign Language Film went to Chile's A Fantastic Woman, beating flicks from Lebanon, Russia, Hungary and Sweden.

Peele said he is using this win and paying it forward to young people because when he was young "I didn't believe there was a place for me", he said.

The best picture award was presented by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who because of a mix-up backstage by PwC, mistakenly announced last year's best picture victor as La La Land instead of Moonlight.

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