*“Get Out” director Jordan Peele on Sunday became the first black screenwriter to win an Oscar for best original screenplay.
Three films with black writers have won for best adapted screenplay in the past — “Precious,” “Twelve Years a Slave,” and “Moonlight.” But only four black film writers have been nominated for best original screenplay in Oscars’ 90-year history: Suzanne de Passe (“Lady Sings the Blues,” 1972), Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing,” 1989) John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood,” 1991) and Peele.
In his speech, Peele thanked the people “who raised my voice and let me make this movie.”
Heading into Sunday, Peele and his film were nominated for a total of four awards, including best picture, which made history on a second front this year, as Peele also became the first black director to receive nominations in the writing, directing, and best picture categories for his directorial debut.
Only two other people have accomplished that feat, according to the Academy. Warren Beatty with “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) and James L. Brooks with “Terms of Endearment” (1983).