Iconic director and filmmaker Spike Lee finally won his first Oscar on Sunday night at the Academy Awards. He was recognized for BlacKkKlansman in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.
Spike Lee honored slaves and ancestors during his speech (the most political speech of the evening), and made a call to action saying everyone needs to mobilize for the upcoming 2020 US presidential election. “Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there!”
This is Lee’s first Oscar win, although many people feel he earned an Oscar a decade or so ago. Comments found all over social media today sum things up: “Long overdue!” and “About time!”
Dressed in purple and wearing a necklace in honor of Prince, along with the Love and Hate rings that the character Radio Raheem wore in Do The Right Thing, Lee shouted to the producers before beginning his speech not to turn the clock on. Congratulations Spike Lee! Long overdue! About time!
Spike Lee teamed up with Jordan Peele for the BlacKkKlansman movie. From Dazed: “a 70s satirical comedy based on the true story of Ron Stallsworth, the first African-American police detective to serve in the police force in Colorado Springs. Stallsworth manages to successfully infiltrate the corrupt racist systems of the local Ku Klux Klan chapter with a Jewish member of the police force Adam Driver. The film is a feature-length adaptation of a Dave Chappelle sketch that turned out to be a true story.” Read more about the movie here: DAZED