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Jordan Peele is no doubt still riding high from his historic Oscar win, and the man behind Get Out managed to slide one last Easter egg in during Sunday night’s show.
The former Key and Peele funnyman took home the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his feature film debut, Get Out, making him the first Black writer to do so.
Peele, who penned one of the most interesting and popular films of 2017, was in shock after the win, tweeting, “I just won an Oscar. WTF?!?!”
Before the show on the red carpet, however, Peele was calm and collected as he explained why his film was such a phenomenon. “This is a film that because it didn’t exist, when we put this together people needed it,” he told the Huffington Post.
Peele said he wrote Get Out to inspire conversations about the pervasive nature of racism.
“The message I was trying to convey is that we’re never done with the conversation about race,” he explained. “I wrote this movie in a ‘post race America,’ and it felt like we were kinda hoping we were past a certain amount of conversation and this movie, I think and I hope it plugged some hole and has helped inspire more conversation that is needed today.”
As he talked up his project on the red carpet, Peele wore a pin on his tuxedo that harkened back to one of the powerful images of the film — antlers.
The antlers are seen throughout the movie, and they are one of the tools Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) uses to break free, which signifies Black folks using the oppressors tools against them. The powerful moment was a favorite among fans, including Chance the Rapper who not only cheered, but stood in awe when he saw the film.
For those who haven’t seen the movie just yet, we’ll avoid any spoilers. But Peele’s small fashion statement is more appreciated commentary on Black life in America.
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