Director Spike Lee was visibly upset when Green Book was launched the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture over Lee’s BlacKkKlansman on Sunday night.
Lee walked to the once more of the auditorium after the announcement, Deadline reported, sooner than returning to his seat and turning his once more to the stage in the middle of the acceptance speech.
“I’m snakebit. Every time someone’s driving somebody I lose. But in ’89 I didn’t get nominated so,” Lee instructed reporters backstage after the ceremony. His Do the Right Thing was not nominated for Best Picture in 1989, whereas Driving Miss Daisy acquired the award.
Green Book tells the true story of black classical pianist Don Shirley’s (Mahershala Ali) tour by means of the American South throughout the 1960s with the help of his white driver and bodyguard Tony ‘Lip’ Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen). The film has been criticized as presenting a “white savior” narrative, amongst completely different controversies..
“I thought I was courtside at the Garden and the ref made a bad call,” Lee acknowledged of Green Book’s win.
Lee acquired the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman. The film, primarily based totally on the true story of a black police officer who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan throughout the 1970s, was moreover nominated for Best Picture.
In an interview with UPI earlier this month, Ron Stallworth, on whose memoir the film was based, acknowledged the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, impressed Lee to make the movie.
Lee wore a purple go properly with to the Oscars in tribute to Prince, the legendary musician who died in 2016. He accessorized the Ozwald Boateng go properly with with an similar hat and glasses and a necklace sporting the picture Prince as quickly as used as his title — and a pair of particularly made gold Nikes.
Lee’s acceptance speech touched on his family’s historic previous, slavery and the upcoming 2020 presidential election. “Let’s all mobilize,” he acknowledged. “Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”
President Donald Trump responded to the suggestions on Twitter Monday. “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!” he acknowledged.