‘Get Out”s Jordan Peele becomes first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay at Oscars

The filmmaker said the hit film showed "we're never done with the conversation of race"

Get Out‘s Jordan Peele has become the first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars.

The filmmaker was also nominated for Best Director, while Get Out is up for Best Picture and Daniel Kaluuya was in the running for Best Actor.

Speaking on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony, Peele said he had written the movie in a “post-race America”, but that it and the reaction to it proved “we’re never done with the conversation of race”.

Accepting the award, the filmmaker said: “This means so much to me. I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn’t going to work. 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. So I want to dedicate this to all the people who raised my voice and let me make this movie.”

He also dedicated his win to his wife, Chelsea Peretti, his mother, “who taught me to love even in the face of hate”, and cinema-goers.

Peele is only the fourth black writer to be nominated in the category at the Oscars.