'Get Out', filmed in Alabama, scores big win at Oscars 2018

2018 Oscars Red Carpet Couples

Not just because people were excited to see Get Out actually walk away with a major award, but because Peele became the first ever African American to win the award for Best Original Screenplay.

The director of the racism-tackling satire Get Out said the campaign had been a "gruelling" one, but he appreciates the victory is "much bigger than me".

It was the first award for Ivory, who was half of one of the most acclaimed independent filmmaking duos in movie history. "I don't know what it is now, but there are some loose ends... you know the movie", he said.

On Sunday, Peele thanked fans by adding, "I love you for shouting out at the theater, for shouting out at the screen".

In 90 years of Oscars history, only four black writers have been nominated in the category, including Peele. And I was like, you deserve it bro, you deserve every bit of this.

Backstage at the Oscars, Peele looked out at the assembled reporters and joked: "Am I being auctioned off right now?", in reference to the film.

The former "Key & Peele" comedian joined fellow 2018 Oscar-winning New Yorkers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who were awarded the top honor for their screenwriting work in the animated film "Coco".

Peele and the "Coco" duo were among seven other nominees with connections to the city up for awards during the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted ceremony. Guillermo del Toro's fantasy drama is led by Sally Hawkins. I love that universe and I feel like there's more story to tell.

In the era of #MeToo and Time's Up-and Frances McDormand's rousing speech celebrating all of the women nominated-it seems fitting that the best picture victor also added to the night's female empowerment narrative. At the end of the night, it ended up going to Mark Bridges, who won best costume design for his work in the film "Phantom Thread".

Peele was a surprise victor at the otherwise predictable award ceremony. While the plot of the film remains a mystery to the public, it's safe to say that after the huge success of Get Out that Peele won't disappoint.

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