Jordan Peele opens up about historic win at 2018 Oscars

2018 Oscars Red Carpet Couples

2018 Oscars Red Carpet Couples

According to Twitter, it was the most retweeted Oscar-related post of the night. The Late Late Show with James Corden producer Ben Winston captured this glorious moment of pure exuberance after Peele's name was announced.

Peele said he stopped writing it "20 times", skeptical that it would ever get made. It's very special and I think it goes for all areas of inclusion.

"I nearly never became a director because there's such a shortage of role models", he confessed, adding that through the challenge of shooting Get Out and the "grueling" campaign process, one image stuck with him. And hopefully those same people are ready for Key and Peele's Gremlins 3.

The New York City native broke barriers, as he took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his hit 2017 film Get Out.

Peele's victory was the only win for his film, which was also nominated for best picture, best actor and best director. "And to everybody who went and saw this movie, everybody who bought a ticket, who told somebody to buy a ticket, thank you!" he said, as the audience erupted in cheers and applause. "It was exactly what I thought he would win for".

Get Out was nominated in four categories at the 90th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. It is also perhaps the highest critic-rated horror movie in Rotten Tomatoes with an aggregate critic score of 99 percent positive.

Hollywood star Nicole Kidman presented the trophy to Peele.

The Shape of Water is notable for being the first movie featuring a female lead character to win the night's top prize in 13 years. You might recall Williams posting a photo on Instagram last spring saying she "fell in love" with Fairhope while filming the movie.

Oprah Winfrey, meanwhile, said she was "so happy and proud" to see the star recognised for his first film as writer-director.

He rose to fame as one half of the comedy duo in the Comedy Central series Key & Peele.

Peele was a surprise victor at the otherwise predictable award ceremony.

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