Jordan Peele broke records during the 2018 Oscars when he took home the award for Best Original Screenplay for his film, Get Out. According to reports, Jordan is the first African-American to win the prize.
Following the announcement of his victory, Peele spoke with reporters in the backroom, and it was there where he revealed the moment was a lot bigger than himself.
He said, “It’s a Renaissance.” Peele claimed he thought about not becoming a director because there were so few black directors to learn and take inspiration from.
He mentioned Spike Lee, John Singleton, Mario Van Peebles, and the Hughes Brothers, but other than that, Hollywood has lacked in African-America role models, especially, in the film industry.
According to Peele, this “is a very special time.” And while he’s certainly happy to receive validation at this level, the Get Out creator claimed the award is merely a symbol for the necessity to pay it forward to the next generation of filmmakers.
“This is about paying it forward to the young people who might not believe that they could achieve the highest honor in whatever craft they want to push toward.”
Furthermore, Peele explained that Whoopi Goldberg’s speech when she accepted an award for her role in Ghost inspired him at a crucial level because it gave him hope that he could one day win a similar title.
As for what has been the most exciting aspect of his rise to fame, Peele said making the rounds and meeting all of his heroes has been incredible.
Peele noted meeting Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Spike Lee, and many other had been a tremendous experience. For further background on Jordan’s film, Get Out, it was critically acclaimed this year for its originality, and many in the film industry were expecting it to take home several awards.