At Sunday's 90th Academy Awards, Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele made history. Peele took home the award for Best Original Screenplay for his smart, funny, unnerving satirical horror film, making him the first black person ever to collect an Oscar for screenwriting. It was a big win for Peele, a big win for horror cinema, and a big win for diversity in screenwriting, and Peele is still celebrating.
Peele kicked off his online festivites by tweeting "I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?" shortly after collecting his award. The tweets continued into Monday, when he posted a photo of his new statue greeting his Emmy Award (an Outstanding Variety Sketch Series award, which he won as co-creator of Key & Peele in 2016), complete with a joke referencing the birth of his son with wife Chelsea Peretti last summer.
Such a touching moment. Now he can take the Oscar to meet the rest of his growing awards collection, including the Directors Guild, Writers Guild, Critics Choice, and three BAFTA Awards he collected for Get Out over the past two months.
Peele also used his Twitter account to post yet another thank you to Whoopi Goldberg, who helped inspire him to follow his dream of filmmaking when she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Ghost in 1991, making her only the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting.
In the backstage press conference at the Academy Awards Sunday night, Peele elaborated on the impact Goldberg's Oscar win had on him as a 12-year-old boy watching from home.
“Whoopi Goldberg, in her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress for Ghost, was a huge inspiration to me,” Peele 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.
“So, I hope that this does the same and inspires more people to use their voices.”