Jordan Peele made Oscars history on Sunday night by becoming the first black screenwriter to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Peele, a first-time nominee, won for his script for Get Out. The victory was the first of the night for the film, which is also nominated in three other categories, including Best Picture.
Peele, who is also up for a Best Directing award tonight, thanked the people who “raised [his] voice” as well audiences who went to see the movie in theaters. “I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn’t gonna work,” he said. “I thought no one would ever make this movie, but I kept coming back to it because I knew if someone let me make this movie that people would hear it and people would see it.”
You can watch the full speech below.