Jordan Peele is the 1st African-American to win this Oscar — Twitter rejoices

Heather Gardner
Video Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

When Jordan Peele stepped onto the Oscars stage to accept the award for Best Original Screenplay at the 90th annual Academy Awards, the internet rejoiced. Peele has been a fan-favorite comedian for years, starring in the popular series Key and Peele and several comedic feature films.

Peele wrote, produced, and made his directorial debut with Get Out, which was acclaimed this year by critics and fans alike. He took home his first Oscar for the original screenplay last night.

“This means so much to me,” Peele said, clutching his Oscar on stage.

His supporters — including his longtime comedy partner, Keegan-Michael Key — shared in Peele’s victory and celebrated on Twitter.

People were especially excited about the historical significance of Peele’s win. He is the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

While all the reactions were positive, no one was more surprised by the win than Peele himself, who wrote on Twitter:

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