Tonight is the 90th Academy Awards ceremony and like most of us here, we were especially jazzed for the screenplay category! Jordan Peele won the award for best original screenplay for his film, "Get Out." This is a crucial and amazing win, as he is the first black screenwriter in history to win this award. Peele has stated that the film almost didn't get made, but we are beyond thrilled that it did. The writing fits into a category of its own by being a blend of thriller-meets-horror-meets satirical humor.
If you haven't seen this film yet, now is the perfect opportunity. The script is full of complex and nuanced conversations about liberal racism, social constructs, and systemic oppression. Peele's writing is so timely at pointing out the deep layers of our society's underbelly that often don't get written about. In an interview, he stated, "Being a black filmmaker almost seems like an impossibility at times. ... Obviously, there are exceptions to the rule, but we as a society have done a systemic disservice to young, black filmmakers by essentially saying that your vision won’t be accepted in Hollywood."
Moments after winning the award the screenwriter tweeted,
I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018