Jordan Peele just made history on Sunday night after snagging an Academy Award for his Original Screenplay, Get Out. And now, the comedian is thanking the woman who became a driving force behind his success.
After winning the Oscar, Peele went back stage and opened up more about the life changing night specifically, who inspired him to get behind the camera. According to the director, it was Whoopi Goldberg who was the voice that moved him to become a director when he was just 12 years old.
“Whoopi Goldberg, in her acceptance speech for best supporting actress for Ghost, was a huge inspiration to me,” Peele said. “And when I got nominated, one of the first things I did was reach out and call her and thank her for telling young people who maybe doubted themselves that they could do it. So I hope that this does the same and inspires more people to use their voices.”
The writer then tweeted a major thank you to The View host, writing: “When @WhoopiGoldberg won her Oscar for ‘Ghost’ she practically reached through my TV screen and told young me to follow my dreams. I did, and it worked. Thanks Whoopi.”
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 5, 2018
This isn’t the first time Peele has praised Goldberg for being a leading figure. During an episode of Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast that aired last month, he the then Oscar nominated director said:
“She got on stage and said something to the effect of, ‘For everybody out there who thinks you can’t do it or doubts yourself, or — I don’t know if she said it or if this is what I got from it — looks like me, but feels like there’s walls and ceilings, you can do it,’” Peele told Winfrey. “I internalized that and when the news came that I was nominated, I immediately thought of Whoopi and that this is now about all the people out there who this is sending that same message to.”
What’s even more special is that Whoopi was in the audience when Peele accepted the award. Now talk about a magical night!