The 39-year-old, who made his name in sketch comedy, won best original screenplay for Get Out at Sunday’s awards – making him the first black screenwriter to receive the honour.
“I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?” tweeted Jordan Peele after receiving the best original screenplay award for Get Out.
“I stopped writing this movie about 20 times… I thought it was impossible. I thought it wasn’t going to work.”
He wasn’t the only one to express both astonishment and delight at seeing his satirical horror film recognised.
“This just made my night,” tweeted actor Josh Gad, calling Peele’s win “unbelievably well deserved”.
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