Spike Lee Wins His First Oscar Award

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Spike Lee celebrated winning his first non-honorary Oscar in his long career as a film-maker with an explicitly political speech, during which he called on the audience to "regain our humanity" at the next United States election.

Spike Lee won his first Oscar on Sunday night.

But as his film, otherwise set in the 1970s, ended with real-life footage of the deadly Charlottesville riots, he concluded his speech with a call to current politics.

"First of all Spike, so glad you're sitting down", said Jackson who starred with Lee and Charles Barkley in a series of Capital One commercials.

The audience erupted into applause for the 61-year-old who until Sunday had earned an honorary Oscar in late 2015 for his "extraordinary contribution" to film ― but no other Academy Awards. Though the beginning of his speech was bleeped, he reportedly opened by saying, "Do not turn that motherf-ing clock on", according to New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan. Lee thanked his grandmother for putting him through college and graduate film school.




Lee quickly noted that yes, of course he'd slip in a nod to his seminal race relations opus from 1989.

Lee's lack of Oscars recognition has always been noted.

It was for Best Adapted Screenplay that the filmmaker took home the coveted statue, an honor that was appropriately presented by Lee's fellow Morehouse brother Samuel L. Jackson. Fans on the internet pleaded for intel on what the star said in the moments he was censored.

He also urged the audience to side with love over hate. In 1990, Spike was up for "Best Original Screenplay" for Do The Right Thing. Actor Adam Driver was nominated for best actor in a supporting role.

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