In a pre-Oscars round of press, fourteen of the new academy voters spoke anonymously with Vulture about the older Academy’s perception of the film and revealed that some legacy voters hadn’t even seen it. “I had multiple conversations with longtime Academy members who were like, ‘That was not an Oscar film,’” one voter disclosed. “And I’m like, ‘That’s bullshit. Watch it.’ Honestly, a few of them had not even seen it and they were saying it, so dispelling that kind of thing has been super important.”
Well, apparently the new voters banned together and made sure Get Out got its flowers. The win is a history making accomplishment for the film’s writer and director Jordan Peele, who just became the first black screenwriter to win an Oscar for best original screenplay in the 90-year history of the Ocsars.
“This means so much to me, I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible,” Peele said during his acceptance speech. “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 would let me make this movie that people would hear it and people would see it.”
Peele later tweeted his amazement at the win and its hard not to swell up with joy for the hardworking comedian and filmmaker.
I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018
Get Out fans (celebs and regualr joes alike) were just as geeked over the news.
Get out!! Yessss
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) March 5, 2018
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 5, 2018
Congrats @JordanPeele You're An ICON Of The Generation
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) March 5, 2018
My first jump of the night!!! So happy for Get Out!!!
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 5, 2018
And Jordan Peele, the Director Of the insanely phenomenal film ‘GET OUT’ wins an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. GET THAT OSCAR, JORDAN! YES! ❤️ #Oscars
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) March 5, 2018
His former Key & Peele costar Keegan-Michael Key filmed his reaction to Peele’s sweet victory:
— Keegan-Michael Key (@KeeganMKey) March 5, 2018
#OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign explains why even though the Academy Award nominees are more diverse in 2017, Hollywood still has work to do.