Jordan Peele made history by being the first black nominee for the Oscars’ big three: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. With his Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out, he made history again, becoming the first black writer to win in the category.
Suzanne de Passe became the first black nominee in the field in 1972 for Lady Sings the Blues, followed by Spike Lee in 1989 for Do the Right Thingand John Singleton in 1991 for Boyz n the Hood. (Meanwhile, in Adapted Screenplay, Geoffrey Fletcher, John Ridley and Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney have all won, for Precious, 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight, respectively.)
Get Out was nominated for four Oscars in total this year: Best Picture, Daniel Kaluuya for Best Actor and Peele for both Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. Peele was only the fifth black director to ever be nominated in the directing fiel
Peele has had a massive awards season, especially considering he told ETthat he “literally thought this was an unproduceable movie, because people seem to be afraid to take race on.” Get Out not only went on to win favor with the Academy, but earned him an Original Screenplay award with the Writers Guild and Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director from the Directors Guild.
“I’m a very lucky man,” Peele said when Get Out premiered. “I don’t know how it goes up from here.”