Jordan Peele Has The Perfect Spot For His Oscar
Academy Award winner Jordan Peele already has a perfect spot for his Oscar trophy, and that is beside his last year's Emmy award for Key & Peele.
Peele, 39, bagged the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the film Get Out, which he wrote and directed. In 2017, Comedy Central's Key & Peele was pronounced the winner of Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and the Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic) awards.
In a tweet following the awards night, Peele shared what it felt like to have his first Oscar placed beside his Emmy.
"This is exactly what it looked like watching my wife give birth," wrote Peele.
Reluctance In 'Get Out'
In his speech following his receipt of the trophy, Peele thanked his production team, fans, and the Academy Awards body. He added that it took him several tries before finally finishing the movie.
"This means so much to me. I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible, I thought it wasn't gonna work, I thought no one would ever make this movie," Peele said.
"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," he explained.
This is the first time that a black screenwriter has won the Best Original Screenplay category. Now that he has an Oscar and an Emmy, Peele is just a Grammy and a Tony award away from achieving an EGOT status.
Historically, only 12 people have achieved the four awards altogether, including Richard Rodgers, Helen Hayes, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, and Scott Rudin, among others.
Twitter On Fire
Fans and friends celebrated Peele's victory as they tweet congratulatory messages.
Oprah Winfrey said she is "happy and proud" of Peele's success, and she even thanked him for a "great" conversation.
Josh Gad, who is known for Olaf's voice in Frozen, cannot contain his excitement on Peele's winning streak.
"Holy cow!!! @JordanPeele takes it home! So unbelievably well deserved! This just made my night. A perfect film. Wow," said Gad.
Meanwhile, Keegan-Michael Key, who took the lead role in Key & Peele, was photographed yelling with happiness with both of his arms in the air for his partner's award.
Speaking to the press after the Oscars night, Peele said his award for Get Out is intended to inspire people to aim the highest for their goals.
"An award like this is much bigger than me. This is about paying it forward to the young people who might not believe they can achieve the highest honor in whatever craft they want to push for," Peele said.