Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele creates history by becoming the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay

'Get Out' won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and it has put Jordan Peele's name in the history of The Oscars. Peele became the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

Jordan Peele became the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. (Getty)

The movie beat Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor for 'The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig for 'Lady Bird', Martin McDonagh for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and Emily Gordan and Kumail Nanjiani for 'The Big Sick'.

Peele's acceptance speech echoed a sentiment many people are all too familiar with. “I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible,” he said after accepting his award. “But I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie, people would hear it and people would see it.”

Peele thanked everyone who helped make this movie happen, from Universal Studios, Jason Blum, the cast and crew, and most importantly, his family.

Peele thanked everyone who was with him through the making of 'Get Out', especially his wife and mother. (Getty)

“To everybody who went and saw this movie, everybody who bought a ticket, who told somebody to buy a ticket, thank you!” Peele said.

'Get Out' follows the tale of Chris, a young African American man who meets his white girlfriend Rose's family. Chris is faced with increasingly odd behavior and unexplainable events while staying at his girlfriend's house with her strange family. The story was widely praised for its portrayal of racism in modern America. 

The film also won the Writers Guild of America's award on Feb 11. (Getty)

Daniel Kaluuya was nominated for the 'Best Actor' award, which instead went to Gary Oldman for his performance in 'The Darkest Hour'. 'Get Out' also won the Writers Guild of America's award on Feb 11. The movie faired exceptionally well at the box office, drawing in more than $250 million in worldwide sales.

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