Jordan Peele Joins Elite Class of Black Men Nominated for Director

(Actor, director Jordan Peele)

Jordan Peele had a lot to celebrate Tuesday morning, including an Oscar nomination for director.

The honor makes the “Get Out” filmmaker just the fifth black director nominated for the award, a distinguished group that includes John Singleton for 1991’s “Boyz n the Hood,” Lee Daniels for 2009’s “Precious,” Steve McQueen for 2013’s “12 Years a Slave” and Barry Jenkins for last year’s best-picture winner, “Moonlight.”

There is history left to be made, however. Peele could become the first black director to win the Academy Award.

Meanwhile, no female black directors — no, not even Ava DuVernay or Dee Rees — have ever been nominated for a directing Oscar.

(Article written by Libby Hill)