Jordan Peele took home the top prize for best original screenplay (film) Sunday evening at the Writers Guild Awards for his racially conscious film "Get Out."
The win marks Peele's latest award in a string of prizes, further cementing his place as a strong contender for next month's Academy Awards.
Peele, who said he began writing "Get Out" in 2008, dedicated part of his acceptance speech to other writers.
"This was a passion project. It was something that I put my love into, I put my soul into, so getting this from you means so much," Peele said of the film, a horror-satire exploring an interracial relationship gone wrong. "Keep taking chances, take big risks, put your love into it. It does pay off."
The writer and first-time director beat out other strong contenders "The Shape of Water," "The Big Sick," "Lady Bird" and "I, Tonya."