Monday, 18 June, 2018

Peele: 1st African American to Win Original Screenplay Oscar

Get Out Jordan Peele's directorial debut is a refreshing take on gender race Get Out Jordan Peele's directorial debut is a refreshing take on gender race
Diane Mills | 06 March, 2018, 02:50

Keegan-Michael Key believes Jordan Peele's Oscar victory will spawn more filmmakers of color that inevitably will lead to better movies. It only took 90 years to make it happen. Daniela Vega, the Chilean star of best foreign language film, A Fantastic Woman, became the first openly transgender person to present at the Oscars. Activists like #MeToo creator Tarana Burke were included in a song segment. Hopefully, this historic moment will inspire more studios to give diverse directors and screenwriters a chance. 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. Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water", won best picture, director, score and production design. Jordan Peele collected the best original screenplay award for Get Out, a movie centred on racism in the liberal white suburbs.

He cited Whoopi Goldberg's 1991 speech for her best supporting actress Oscar win for Ghost as being "a huge inspiration to me". Peele said Oldman has been his favorite since the latter's starring role in "Bram Stoker's Dracula".

It seems the magnitude of his win only hit after the show, when Peele tweeted: 'I just won an Oscar. And Christopher Nolan's ambitious World War II nail-biter "Dunkirk" picked up three technical awards. Other nominees in the category were "The Big Sick" and "Lady Bird". I would have to have a story that I feel like would take it up a notch. "Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong".

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One of the biggest awards categories of the night is the Best Original Screenplay award, which this year was deservedly won by our good mate, Jordan Peele, for his top-tier flick, Get Out.

Peele, 39, kept his acceptance speech relatively brief, appearing to be in disbelief. "Like, I know that I can get it made, so let's move forward with that goal in mind, instead of it being this ongoing project that who knows if anyone will ever see it".

Even McDormand used her moment on stage to make a statement on behalf of women.

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