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Jordan Peele Makes History: First Black Writer to Win Oscar for Original Screenplay

Jordan Peele made history by being the first black nominee for the Oscars' big three: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. With his Best Original Screenplay win for Get Out, he made history again, becoming the first black writer to win in the category.

Suzanne de Passe became the first black nominee in the field in 1972 for Lady Sings the Blues, followed by Spike Lee in 1989 for Do the Right Thing and John Singleton in 1991 for Boyz n the Hood. (Meanwhile, in Adapted Screenplay, Geoffrey Fletcher, John Ridley and Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney have all won, for Precious, 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight, respectively.)
Get Out was nominated for four Oscars in total this year: Best Picture, Daniel Kaluuya for Best Actor and Peele for both Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. Peele was only the fifth black director to ever be nominated in the directing field.

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