Spike Lee finally an Oscar after years and years and YEARS of being a recognized fixture of the movie industry but getting no tiny gold man-shaped statues. Well clear that mantle over the fireplace (or whatever rich people have to show off trophies) because Spike Lee won an Oscar last night for Best Adapted Screenplay for his movie BlacKkKlansman. But Spike Lee’s joy over finally getting his hands on that trophy was temporarily interrupted by Green Book winning Best Picture, which made him almost walk out of the damn theater.
Spike had been waiting for this, honey, and when he got up on that stage, he leapt up into Samuel L. Jackson‘s Shaft-strong arms and gave an acceptance speech which I kind of, sort of understood:
“The word today is irony. The date 24th. The month: February, which also happens to be the shortest month of the year. Which also happens to be Black History Month. The year: 2019. The year: 1619. History. Herstory. …400 years. 400 years our ancestors were stolen from mother Africa then brought to Jamestown, Virginia and enslaved. …My grandmother… who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spellman House graduate, even though her mother was a slave! My grandmother who saved 50 years of social security checks to put her first grandchild–she called me Spikey-poo–she put me through Morehouse College and NYU Grad Film. NYU! Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who built this country… if we all connect with our ancestors… we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. The 2020 Presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize, lets all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Lets do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there!”
Since Trump has nothing else more important to do than tweet slap at Spike Lee, he tweet slapped at Spike Lee for that speech:
Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President, who has done more for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,etc.) than almost any other Pres!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2019
Here’s video of Spike’s acceptance speech:
Spike had previously been nominated for Best Original Screenplay for his breakout film Do The Right Thing in 1990 and Best Documentary Feature for the 1998 film 4 Little Girls. He received an honorary Oscar in 2015 for his contributions to film, and finally, four years later, the Oscar voters were like: “Girl, lets give it to this man who has been waiting.” Glenn Close did not get that same courtesy this year.
Even though Spike had a great night winning his long-overdue Oscar, things were soured a bit for him after Green Book took home Best Picture. Variety reports that after Green Book was announced winner, Spike waved his arms in anger and tried to storm out of the theatre. But this ain’t no Real Housewives reunion, you can’t just walk out, and Spike was not allowed to leave and then returned to his seat after the speeches were finished. Variety says that Jordan Peele didn’t clap either and some other attendees nearby also joined in on the Green Book hate.
Spike was asked about his reaction backstage, and he continued to sip his champagne before saying, “I’m snakebit. Every time someone’s driving somebody, I lose… I thought I was court side at the Garden and the refs made a bad call.”
Asked about "Green Book," Spike Lee decided it was time for more champagne.
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) February 25, 2019
The joke is that his movie Do the Right Thing lost the Oscar for Best Screenplay to Driving Miss Daisy.
Well Spike, you got shafted by Green Book but at least you finally got that gold statue. But now you know what you gotta do to win that next Oscar: Driving Miss Klansman, all about a black girl Uber-driver who infiltrates the KKK by driving around it’s members and recording their racist and sometimes illegal actions. Ooooh girl, I smell the awards already!