Jordan Peele won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay

“I thought it wasn’t going to work. I thought no one would ever make this movie. But I kept coming back to it.”

March 04, 2018
Jordan Peele won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay Kevin Winter / Getty Images  

Jordan Peele won his first Oscar of the night to a standing ovation. Accepting the award for Best Original Screenplay, Peele dedicated the film to the people who contributed to the creation of Get Out.

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"I want to thank everyone who helped me raise my voice," said Peele and reflected on the 20 times he began the story and stopped it. "I thought it wasn't going to work. I thought no one would ever make this movie. But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, that people would hear it and people would see it."

Get Out was nominated for a total of four Oscars, and it also was only one of the two Oscar nominees that made over $100 million at the box office. Peele also thanked his mother and the people who supported the film in his speech.

"My mother, who taught me to love, even in the face of hate. And to everyone who went and saw this movie, everybody who bought a ticket, who told somebody to buy a ticket, thank you. I love you for shouting out at the theater, for shouting out at the screen. Let's keep going."

Watch his full speech below.


Jordan Peele won his first Oscar for Best Original Screenplay