Jordan Peele made history at the Oscars this year by becoming the first black screenwriter to win Best Original Screenplay, and to say the writer-director’s best friend and former collaborator Keegan-Michael Key was happy about it would a massive understatement. Shortly after Peele’s name was announced, photos of Key’s incredibly happy reaction started circulating online. One photo showed Key standing on his chair and screaming out loud.
The two comedians spent five seasons as the creators and stars of Comedy Central’s sketch comedy series “Key & Peele.” The show won a Peabody Award and two Emmys across its run. Key supported Peele throughout much of awards season and even honored him at the 9th annual African American Film Critics Association awards in February.
Peele’s Best Original Screenplay win was the only Oscar “Get Out” won, although it also received major nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Director. Peele was only the third person in Academy Awards history to be nominated for directing, writing, and producing in the same year.
Check out Key’s joyous reaction to his friend’s Oscar win below.
Great moment here when Jordan Peele wins for Get Out ! pic.twitter.com/cRTkdTNczZ
— Ben Winston (@benwinston) March 5, 2018
— Keegan-Michael Key (@KeeganMKey) March 5, 2018