Jordan Peele Is The 1st Black Screenwriter To Win The Oscar For Best Original Screenplay
Just two years after the #OscarsSoWhite movement that blasted Hollywood for a lack of diversity in Academy Award recognition of people of color, the pendulum has swung in a massive way. In theaters, Black Panther continues to make history, leading the box office for the third straight weekend with $65.7 million and a domestic gross of over $500 million, in just 17 days. Each weekend since its release, the film has made commercial history.
On the side of critical recognition, people of color are also making history, on Hollywood’s biggest night. This evening (March 4), Jordan Peele was awarded the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his film Get Out, making him the first African-American screenwriter to win the award. Peele was only the fourth Black screenwriter nominated for the award, joining Suzanne de Passe (Lady Sings the Blues), Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing) and John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood).
For the outset, Get Out has broken down barriers. The film defied classification, straddling the line between horror, thriller and satirical comedy, and with its budget of $4.5 million dollars it proved to be a commercial juggernaut, with an overall box office take of $255 million.
Congratulations to Jordan Peele on his history making achievement.