Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Spike Lee endorses ‘tank’ after hearing news of Knicks’ win at Oscars

Spike Lee poised to make movie history Best Director Oscar prize would make him first African American to win in that category Filmmaker Spike Lee promised himself that he would never beg the industry for a stamp of approval
Angelica Greene | 25 February, 2019, 07:39

This is Malek's first Academy Award win and his first nomination. The prize was given by Samuel L Jackson - an elated Lee jumped into his arms and shouted "Do not turn that motherfucking clock on!" to the Oscars producers who he thought might curtail his speech. 400 years, our ancestors were stolen from Africa and enslaved. He then delivered an exuberant speech, thanking his "ancestors who helped build this country" and calling for political action. They worked the land from morning to night.

Kevin Willmott, a film professor at Kansas, shared the award Sunday for best adapted screenplay Academy Award for "BlacKkklansman" with writer-director Spike Lee and co-writers Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz. "It will be a powerful moment".

Lee, wearing a Lakers-purple suit with Knicks' colored wristbands, eventually had a laugh at the news before he reminded Jackson of the team's perceived goal for the season. He also urged greater awareness leading to the 2020 election.

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Lee pulled out a folded piece of notebook paper, and recalled how his grandmother "saved 50 years of social security checks" so he could attend Morehouse College and NYU graduate film school. "Let's all mobilize. Let's all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love and hate", said Lee, who was given an honorary Oscar in 2015.

"Let's do the right thing!" he concluded, before adding, "You know I had to get that in there!" "I asked him if I could take this picture to remember the moment and he said yes and 'I hope I get to use this'".

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