Jordan Peele hails 'renaissance' after making Oscars history

06 March, 2018, 02:51 | Author: Austin Daniel
  • Oscar 2018 | Jordan Peele becomes first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay award

In many ways, the show inside the Dolby Theatre went exactly as planned - scripted, tight, full of past-looking montages, forward-thinking speeches and produced to appeal to all.

Jordan Peele expanded on his poignant onstage speech Sunday after he became the first African American to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his genre-bending social thriller Get Out. "But I think it's quite clear with the work that Ava [Duvernay] is doing, that Ryan [Coogler] is doing, F. Gary Gray, Barry [Jenkins], that this is a very special time".

"I knew if someone let me make this movie that people would hear it and people would see it", he said. "When I got nominated, one of the first things I did was reach out and call her and thank her for telling young people who maybe doubted themselves that they could do it".

Jordan Peele won an Oscar for the Best Original Screenplay for Get Out. Get Out isn't just his first movie as a filmmaker, but a rare genre movie that actually managed to get some very serious love from the Academy, something that nearly never happens. "And to everyone who went and saw this movie, everybody who bought a ticket, who told somebody to buy a ticket, thank you".

Peele is the third person in the Academy Awards' 90-year history to be nominated for directing, writing and producing for a debut film.

Merkel in line for a fourth term after months of uncertainty
But he added: "It's clear we don't want things to get worse, and we certainly don't want anything like a trade war". To her right, Merkel, 63, also faces pressures from her own camp.

The film marked was a breakthrough moment for British actor Daniel Kaluuya who scored a Best Actor nomination for his role as Chris Washington. The win meant that del Toro had finally won the acceptance of Hollywood, after being looked down on as a horror director for much of his career.

"You're not a failure if you don't get this, but I nearly didn't do it, because I didn't believe that there was a place for me".

Daniela Vega (right), star of the Chilean A Fantastic Woman, created history by becoming the first openly transgender presenter at the Oscars.

He gave credit for his own win to his "scrappy crew" filled with "people who I shouldn't have been able to afford".

Peele was a surprise victor at the otherwise predictable award ceremony.

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