Spike Lee's Reactions Deserve Their Own Award at the 2019 Oscars

25 February, 2019, 08:43 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Spike Lee poised to make movie history Best Director Oscar prize would make him first African American to win in that category

Spike Lee used his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards on Sunday night to call for the rejection of President Trump, albeit not by name.

The 61-year-old won the honors for "Best Adapted Screenplay" for his work on 2018's BlackKklansman.

Spike Lee urged the audience and viewers of the 2019 Oscars to "do the right thing" in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Let us all mobilise, let's all be on the right side of history.

He remarked that the audience should know had to get that title in. This is Lee's first competitive Academy Award. "Make the moral choice between love versus hate", he said. New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan tweeted that Lee yelled, "Do not turn that motherf-ing clock on!"

Lee then went on to thank his grandmother for using her Social Security money to put him through film school.

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Lee's lack of Oscars recognition has always been noted.

"While walking around backstage, I noticed a small figure hunched in a corner writing something", he captioned a photo of the director which he shared on Instagram. "It will be a powerful moment".

BlacKkKlansman is a searing yet sometimes hilarious broadside against racism with the stranger-than-fiction true story of an African-American police officer who managed to infiltrate the highest levels of the Ku Klux Klan. Jackson, who presented the award on Sunday, was nominated in 1994 for his supporting role in Pulp Fiction.

While the "Best Director" and "Best Picture" categories are to be decided later this evening (February 24), the win comes after almost 20 years of waiting.

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