Spike Lee just set the stage on fire — The famed director/writer/producer finally won his first Academy Award!
The applause was raucous, the ovation long-standing and the acceptance speech passionate. Spike Lee received his first Oscar for his adapted screenplay “BlacKkKlansman” and it was a moment. 29 years after his first nomination for “Do The Right Thing” the long over-due award caused Spike to jump into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson who had the honor of presenting the living legend with his trophy.
In his speech, Lee reflected on the irony of Sunday’s date — 400 years to the day that our African ancestors arrived in Virginia and were forced into slavery. “1619 to 2019, 400 years. 400 years our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and brought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night.”
Spike also touched on his own history, speaking of his grandmother’s great contribution to his life. “My grandmother, Zimmie Shelton Reatha, who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandma who saved 50 years of Social Security checks to put her first grandchild – she called me Spikie Poo – she put me through Morehouse College and NYU Grad Film. NYU!”
He also got a bit political stating, “the 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there!”
But before he did all of that, he dropped the F-bomb stating, “don’t you start that mother f***king clock,” speaking to the infamous folks who play the “wrap it up music” when the speeches go to long. All in all, it was a very Spike kind of speech — and they didn’t play that M-Fing music!
It should also be noted that Lee technically got his “first” Oscar in 2015 when he earned an honorary Academy Award. But, let’s be honest, that’s not the same as actually winning one.
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