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

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Jordan Peele talks Oscars, 'Get Out' and Whoopi Goldberg
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2017 file photo, Jordan Peele poses for a portrait in Los Angeles to promote his directorial debut, "Get Out." Peele received Academy Award nominations for best picture, director and original screenplay. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Peele’s triple Oscar nominations for “Get Out” are the culmination of a dream the writer-director says he’s had since he was a teenager — and it has some roots in another Oscars moment.

Peele says Whoopi Goldberg’s 1991 acceptance speech for best supporting actress inspired him, and he took her message of following one’s dreams to heart.

The 38-year-old received Oscar nominations last week for directing and writing “Get Out,” a horror/satire that is also a best picture nominee.

Peele says the recognition from the film academy, which comes after months of praise and success for “Get Out,” has a special feeling to it.

He is also up for a Directors Guild Award honor on Saturday. The 90th annual Academy Awards will be held on March 4.