LOS ANGELES — ‘‘Get Out’’ won the Academy Award for best original screenplay, giving writer-director Jordan Peele a historic win.
Peele is the first African-American writer to win in the category.
His win was greeted by thunderous applause in the Dolby Theatre, which Peele tried to quiet. He said in his acceptance speech that he stopped writing his horror sensation ‘‘about 20 times because I thought it was impossible.’’
But Peele says he kept writing because he knew if it got made, he knew ‘‘people would hear it and see it.’’
Peele is also nominated for best director and ‘‘Get Out’’ is competing in the best picture category.