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Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele makes history with 'Get Out'

MAKING HISTORY: Jordan Peele (Photo credit: REX)

JORDAN PEELE has made history as the first black screenwriter to win 'Best Original Screenplay' at the Oscars.

The 39-year-old, won best original screenplay for Get Out couldn't contain his excitement as he became the first African-American to win the prestigious award.

"I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?" he tweeted to his followers.

Thousands of fans and celebrities expressed their happiness that the director won for the satirical horror movie.

"This just made my night," tweeted actor Josh Gad, calling Peele's win "unbelievably well deserved".

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

"An award like this is much bigger than me," he said. "This is about paying it forward to the young people who might not believe they can achieve the highest honour in whatever craft they want to push for."

He also suggested that Hollywood was experiencing "a renaissance", adding: "I feel proud to be at the beginning of a movement where I feel like the best films in every genre are being brought to me by my fellow black directors."

Get Out was nominated for four awards overall, including one for best picture. Peele was also shortlisted in the best director category, while the film's star - British actor Daniel Kaluuya - was up for best actor.

Another big winner on the night was retired basketball player Kobe Bryant, who won 'Best Documentary' for Dear Basketball.

After serving as executive producer for the six-minute film, based on his retirement letter to the Player’s Tribute, Bryant took home another accolade alongside animator, author and illustrator Glen Keane who shared his words of appreciation first.

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