Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Jordan Peele became a director because of Whoopi Goldberg

Jordan Peele became a director because of Whoopi Goldberg

Chilean director Sebastian Lelio delivers a speech after he won the Oscar for best foreign language film for "A Fantastic Woman" during the Academy Awards show on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, Calif. It only took 90 years to make it happen.

The film marked was a breakthrough moment for British actor Daniel Kaluuya who scored a Best Actor nomination for his role as Chris Washington. Activists like #MeToo creator Tarana Burke were included in a song segment.

"What's been the most lovely part about this are all the full-circle moments of meeting heroes", he said, naming actor Gary Oldman and directors Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola as some of the personal icons he's encountered.

Fans of the breakout movie were concerned with recent reports stating that older Oscar voters dismissed the Jordan Peele directed film and refused to even watch it.

Get Out was nominated for four awards overall, including one for best picture.

He hopes that young people watching at home will see his win and feel like they can achieve anything - just like he did when he saw Whoopi Goldberg pick up the Best Supporting Actress gong for Ghost in 1991. Gary Oldman picked up the best actor prize for transforming into Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour" and Allison Janney for becoming Tonya Harding's mother in "I, Tonya".

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Peele's former costar, Keegan Michael Key, was excited to say the least about his friend's win. And Christopher Nolan's ambitious World War II nail-biter "Dunkirk" picked up three technical awards. I would have to have a story that I feel like would take it up a notch.

"An award like this is much bigger than me", he said.

Comedian-turned-director Jordan Peele capped what he has described as the "best year of my life" with an Oscar for best original screenplay today for his critically-acclaimed horror-comedy Get Out.

"I wrote "Get Out" not necessarily as something to get made", he tells Entertainment Weekly.

"I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible", Peele said in his acceptance speech. "So I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie".

"I've been at this a long time", said Deakins, a 14-time nominee.

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