Spike Lee Wins His First Ever Oscar Ever For ‘BlacKkKlansman’

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Mr. Lee won for best original script - his first award after nearly 30 years as America's prominent black director - for "Blackkklansman" and immediately began reading a speech praising his African ancestors and how 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of forced black labor in Virginia. He also urged greater awareness leading to the 2020 election. "Make the moral choice between love versus hate", he said.

At the end, Lee referenced his now-iconic 1989 film Do The Right Thing, which was infamously snubbed at the 1990 Oscars.

He paid a tribute to his grandmother - whose mother was a slave - and who lived to be 100 years old and was responsible for putting him through Morehouse College and New York University film school.

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"While walking around backstage, I noticed a small figure hunched in a corner writing something", he captioned a photo of the director which he shared on Instagram.

Spike Lee is finally an Oscar victor.

"All I know is, if things don't work out a certain type of way, black Twitter is going to be on fire", the director told CNN on the red carpet.

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Spike Lee accepts the Adapted Screenplay award for "BlacKkKlansman" onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

Willmott is the second Oscar victor with a connection to KU, said Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, a spokeswoman for the university.

Set in the mid-1970s, "BlacKkKlansman" is based on the memoir of Ron Stallworth, a black police officer in Colorado Springs who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. This is Lee's first competitive Academy Award. Actor Adam Driver, who appeared as Flip Zimmerman in the film, was nominated for Actor In A Supporting Role.

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