Spike Lee is still a sore loser, even when he’s winning. At the 91st Academy Awards last night, he stormed out of the LA’s Dolby Theater in a pissy fit, after “Green Book” won the Best Picture Oscar over his film “BlacKkKlansman.”
“I thought I was courtside at the Garden and the ref made a bad call,” he said.
Lee also drew the ire of Donald Trump for his Oscar speech. (See his tweet)
Lee, who is nothing if not outspoken, has had a chip on his shoulder against Hollywood, going back to 1989 when the Best Picture award when to “Driving Miss Daisy.”
His film that year, “Do the Right Thing,” was not nominated.
Holding a glass of champagne over his head, he declared it was his sixth glass at the Oscars. “I’m snake-bit. Every time someone is driving somebody I lose. But in ’89 I didn’t get nominated, so…”
Spike Lee, however, was at least grateful to the Academy for winning the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for the movie “BlacKkKlansman.”
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
It was nominated for Best Picture along with “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite, Roma,” “A Star Is Born,” “Vice” and the winner, “Green Book.”
The 61-year-old filmmaker railed against the Academy and Hollywood in general over the years over institutional racism. But this year he praised the Academy’s new leadership.
“Without April Reign and the former president of the Academy I wouldn’t be here tonight. They opened up The Academy. Three black women won Oscars. Like my brother Jay-Z says, “Facts.”
He was apparently referring to Regina King, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Hannah Beachler who won for Best Production Design for “Black Panther” and Mahershala Ali, who is male and won Best Supporting Actor for “Green Book.”
Old pal Samuel L. Jackson presented Spike Lee’s Oscar.
“Samuel L. Jackson and I went to the same college. I have known Sam from way, way back. To have him open up the envelope and say my name it was a great thing. Did I jump up on him? That was a genuine reaction,” he said.
Lee gave a stirring speech about racism in America, slavery, and urged people to vote in the upcoming presidential election. He apologized that he didn’t get to give the thank yous he had saved for a hopeful second win.
“I had two speeches. One with the list of people I was going to thank and the one that I gave. I said to myself, ‘Self. Your black ass may not be here up here again.’ So I apologizse for the people I did not get the chance to thank.
“I am one of the blessed people in the world that gets to do a job I love.”
“The Green Book” is based on the true story of pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his driver Tony ‘Lip’ Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen). The confront Jim Crow racism on a concert tour in the Deep South.
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Regina King cried as she picked up the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award on Sunday.
The 48-year-old actress was overcome with emotion as she paid tribute to her mother, Gloria King – who was her date for the night – when she picked up the first award of the evening at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre in recognition of her performance in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”
“To be standing here, representing one of the greatest artists of our time, James Baldwin, it’s a little surreal. James Baldwin birthed this baby, Barry you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support and so it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of when support and love is poured into someone.”