TURN UP: Jordan Peele & Black Twitter react to super black Oscar nominations

Jordan Peele may be the first black man to win an Oscar for Best Director

Jordan Peele may be the first black man to win an Oscar for Best Director


The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards are in and Black Hollywood showed up and showed out for the film world’s biggest honors.

Jordan Peele is the fifth African American to be nominated for Best Director for his groundbreaking film, Get Out. The movie is nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya).

Peele’s nominations make him the third person and first Africa American to be nominated for writing, directing and producing in the same year.

Jordan Peele took to social media to share his excitement.

The usually outspoken, Chrissy Teigen is holding her tongue at the request of her hubby, John Legend, but we know who she’s rooting for.

Jada Pinkett-Smith sent a shout out to Jordan Peele as well.

#OscarsSoWhite founder, April Reign, also weighed in on Peele’s nomination and gave herself a well-deserved pat on the back for launching the hashtag that’s changed an industry.

Another big showing came from Mudbound. Although Dee Rees was left out of the Best Director category, her film still made history in more ways than one. Mudbound is up for Best Cinematography, Best Adapted Screenplay. If she wins for Best Adapted Screenplay, Dee Rees will be the first black woman to win an Oscar for writing.

Mary J. Blige picked up two noms–one for Best Supporting Actress and the other for Best Original Song for “Mighty River” and her fans are in a frenzy over the double honor.



Blige was moved to tears by the nomination news.

“I just can’t stop crying,” she told USA Today.

“My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming. And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”

MJB’s nomination marks the first time an actor’s performance has been nominated for a film directed by a black woman. This is also the first time anyone has been Oscar-nominated for acting and singing in a film. She’s also the sixth African American female recording artist to be nominated for an Oscar, joining the likes of Ethel Waters, Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson.



It’s also the first time a woman has been nominated for Best Cinematography.

Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to request a check mark for Rachel Morrison, the first female cinematographer to be nominated for Best Cinematography for her work on Mudbound. 


READ MORE: WATCH: Denzel Washington, Mary J. Blige, Jordan Peele, Daniel Kaluuya & more Nab Oscar Noms

Kobe Bryant seemed to be blown away by his nomination for Best Animated Short for his film, Dear Basketball.

Tiffany Haddish announced the list as only she could–flubbing a few of the tough-to-pronounce names of the nominees, even though she was left out of the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in Girl’s Trip.

“Daniel Kool-yay… Kal-a-loo… Kall-elujah… Daniel Kall-elujah… — You know it, he know his name!” she said.

Plenty of people took to social media to highlight how many black folks are up for awards this year with the hashtag #OscarsSoBlack.