Music mogul Diddy, Lira Galore and 50 Cent are celebrating some serious black excellence. The trio have come forward to acknowledge Hollywood heavyweight Jordan Peele on his historic Academy Awards win.
Over the past few hours, all three celebs turned up to Peele winning a “Best Screenplay” Oscar for Get Out and becoming the first-ever African American to secure the trophy.
— SOHH 2.0 (@sohhdotcom) March 5, 2018
Congrats!!! Loved “Get Out”!! Keep it going 🙏🏾 https://t.co/8tbjOtJRIX
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 5, 2018
Peele has since reacted to his major win on Twitter.
I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018
Last night, Jordan gave a heartfelt acceptance speech after beating out stiff competition from Lady Bird and The Shape of Water.
“I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible,” Peele said in his acceptance speech. “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 Universal, Jason Blum, the cast and crew, and his wife and mother. “To everybody who went and saw this movie, everybody who bought a ticket, who told somebody to buy a ticket — thank you!” Peele said. (Variety)
The last African American nominated in the screenplay category goes back to the early 1990’s.
Only four black film writers have been nominated in the best original screenplay category 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. (CNN)