By Frederick H. Lowe
The film “Get Out” got director Jordan Peele into Hollywood’s most-elite club after he became the first black person to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
“I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it wasn’t going to work,” Peele said during his acceptance speech at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Peele’s the fourth black person nominated in this category in the Academy’s 90-year history.
The other previous nominees were Suzanne de Passe for “Lady Sings Blues” (1972), John Singleton for “Boyz in the Hood” (1991) and Spike Lee for “Do the Right Thing” (1989).
“Get Out” is a horror movie that touches on the real fears of many black men and women.
In the film, a wealthy white family surgically removes and sells body parts from healthy black men to ailing elderly white men and women who bid on the parts, such as eyes, during silent auctions held at the family’s country estate.
The movie has been anything but silent at the box office. Peele made the film for $4.5 million and so far, it has raked in $176 million domestically.