Jordan Peele Talks Oscars, 'Get Out' and Whoopi Goldberg

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Jordan Peele Talks Oscars, 'Get Out' and Whoopi Goldberg


Byline: Sandy Cohen AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Peele has been dreaming of his Oscar moment since he was 13, but now that it's happened, he can hardly believe it.

The 38-year-old received Academy Award nominations last week for best picture, director and original screenplay for his directorial debut, "Get Out." The star of the horror/satire, Daniel Kaluuya, was also nominated for best actor.

"Get Out" may be Peele's breakthrough, but the actor, writer, director and producer has been honing his skills for more than a dozen years. He started getting awards notice in 2008, when he shared in an Emmy nomination for a sketch he wrote for MADtv. He was nominated seven more times for his contributions to "Key & Peele," the hit Comedy Central sketch show he created with Keegan-Michael Key. Peele also co-wrote and co-starred (with Key) in the 2016 action-comedy "Keanu."

He said having his work recognized by the film academy has given him "faith in my voice."

"It's like jet fuel," Peele said in an interview after last week's nominations. "It makes me want to make as many movies that I can in my life."

Peele's comments have been edited for clarity and brevity.

AP: So how does it feel to be a triple Academy Award nominee?

Peele: Well, I'm not used to hearing yet. It's a really overwhelming thing to try and process. I'm trying understand how I got here from this time last year not knowing if this movie was going to really work or really not work.

AP: What a difference a year makes.

Peele: I'm definitely feeling the love and feeling with joy and honor of this accomplishment. But it has been a bittersweet year knowing that it has not been a great one for everybody.

AP: How was Oscar nominations morning for you?

Peele: I woke up a few minutes after the announcements were made. I was just getting really great texts from just about everybody I've ever met. And my (6-month-old) son slept through the night, so that was also huge. …

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