Jordan Peele is the first African-American to win the best original screenplay Oscar

Jordan Peele has earned a place in the Oscar history books…

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”.

Oprah Winfrey, meanwhile, said she was “so happy and proud” to see the star recognised for his first film as writer-director.

Others to congratulate Peele on his success included the actors Jeffrey Wright and Terry Crews. The latter sent his congratulations via his Brooklyn Nine Nine co-star (and Peele’s wife) Chelsea Peretti.

Keegan-Michael Key, who starred with Peele in the Comedy Central show Key & Peele, was photographed at an Oscars viewing party yelling with delight at his comedy partner’s win.

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