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Jordan Peele’s horror flick “Get Out” is among the year’s biggest breakout hits. And with it, Peele has also surpassed a benchmark for box-office success.

“Get Out” has now earned more than $100 million at the box office, making Peele the first African-American writer-director to pass that threshold with his debut feature film.

Peele, who is most well-known as half of the comedy duo Key and Peele, wrote on Twitter that he’s “the first of many” such black writer-directors to hit that $100 million debut target. “Meaning I won’t be the last,” he added.

Read more here: “Get Out” and Jordan Peele just made movie history

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Moonlight (2016)

Directed by Barry Jenkins

Cinematography by James Laxton

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Hidden Figures (2016)

Directed by Theodore Melfi

Cinematography by Mandy Walker

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Happy Women’s Equality Day

Unfortunately film directing is one of the least equal professions for women. Here are nine women who helped to make it more equal. Since nine is so few in a profession filled with ground breaking heroes please comment with more women!

Alice Guy-Blaché (1873 -1968 ) First female director. One of the first (by a matter of months) fictional film directors. 

Bodil Ipsen (1889 -1964) Danish director whom the Danish Oscar called the “Bodil” is named after. First and only woman to win the Grand Prix at Cannes, a prize that was later retired and replaced by the Palme d’or.

Dorothy Arzner (1897 - 1979) American director who to this day remains the only woman to have directed 17 films for Hollywood. Inventor of the boom mike.

Esther Eng (1914 -1970) Openly lesbian Chinese American director who was the first woman to direct Chinese language films in the US.

Agnès Varda (1928) French director credited with started the French New Wave movement. Honorary Palme d’or winner.

Lina Wertmüller (1928) Italian director who was the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director in 1977.

Kathryn Bigelow (1951) American director who was the first (and so far only) woman to win an Oscar for Best Director.  

Jane Campion (1954) New Zealand director and first woman to win the Palme d’or at Cannes. Second woman to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director.

Ava DuVernay (1972) American director and first black woman to direct a film nominated for Best Picture, first black woman to win Best Director at Sundance.