Congratulations to Jordan Peele, the recipient of the Best Original Screenplay award for “Get Out” at the 90th annual Oscars. He was in competition against a very tough slate, given the strength of the screenplays for “The Big Sick,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Peele dedicated his award to everyone who had ever helped raise his voice during the process, as well as any viewer who bought a ticket.
This year, the Best Original Screenplay category was packed with extremely personal narratives, racial allegories, and a fish-man romance, and might have been the most diverse of all the categories this year, with three white women, three men of color, and only one white man (“Three Billboards” writer Martin McDonagh) receiving nominations.
There were also a number of first-time nominees represented this year, though their recognition came after months of previous acclaim: “The Big Sick” won writers Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, and received plenty of nominations for Best Original Screenplay from critics groups and the Writers Guild of America. Meanwhile, “Get Out” won that WGA award and a slew of other prizes, while “The Shape of Water” was also heavily nominated for Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor’s script. (Del Toro was nominated in 2007 for “Pan’s Labrynth,” but this was Taylor’s first nomination.)
The 90th annual Academy Awards were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on March 4, 2018 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Check out IndieWire’s full coverage here.