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Spike Lee finally took home a Oscar after nearly 30 years of waiting last night for directing BlacKkKlansman.
While walking up to accept his award, he jumped into Samuel L. Jackson’s arms and celebrated with his Morehouse College buddy.
Lee didn’t just celebrate his Oscar win, he also celebrated Black History month, remembered his ancestry, and encouraged action for the 2020 election.
He began his speech saying “Do not turn that motherf—ing clock on.” He then carried on with his powerful speech:
“The word today is irony. The date, the 24th. The month, February, which also happens to be the shortest month of the year. Which also happens to be Black History Month. The year, 2019. The year, 1619. History, herstory. 1619, 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-at-morning to can’t-see-at-night. My grandmother Zimmie Shelton Reatha, who lived 100 years young, who was a Spellman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother who saved 50 years of social security checks to put me through college. She called me Spikey-poo. She put me through Morehouse College and NYU grad film. NYU!
Before the world tonight, I give praise to my ancestors who built our country, along with the genocide of our native people. We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love, wisdom, we’ll regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. “
Spike Lee FINALLY wins an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay‼️ #Oscars #EbroInTheMorning pic.twitter.com/JRmzV1JWbz— HOT 97 (@HOT97) February 25, 2019
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.”
We all know Spike Lee Deserved to win a Oscar YEARS ago but late is better than never.
He also reacted to Green Book winning Best Picture during the show.
“I’m snakebit. Every time someone’s driving somebody, I lose,” he said. “I thought I was court side at the Garden and the refs made a bad call.”
Spike Lee FINALLY wins his first award at the #Oscars‼️— EBRO In The Morning (@EBROINTHEAM) February 25, 2019
Which Spike Lee joint is your favorite?