Spike Lee is also angry about Green Book winning Best Picture.
The BlacKkKlansman director was reported to have stood up and waved his hands in disgust during Sunday’s Oscars ceremony, when Julia Roberts announced Green Book as the winner of the night’s top prize.
As per the Associated Press:
Lee, whose “Do the Right Thing” came out the same year that “Driving Miss Daisy” won best picture, was among those most visibly upset by the award handed to “Green Book.” After presenter Julia Roberts announced it, Lee stood up, waved his hands in disgust and started pacing up and down the aisles.
Lee reportedly tried to leave, but was stopped, and eventually returned to his seat.
Spike Lee was visibly angry when “Green Book” was announced as the winner of best picture at the Oscars, waving his arms in disgust and appearing to try to storm out of the Dolby Theatre before he was stopped at the doors. He returned to his seat when the speeches were over.
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The winner of the highest prize at the Oscars has been extensively criticized for its overly simplistic treatment of racial issues, described by critics as “deeply weird and evasive,” and the “worst best picture Oscar winner since Crash.“
In a press conference following the awards, Lee was coy about how he really felt about the decision to crown Green Book, opting to make light of the situation.
“This is my sixth glass — and you know why,” he joked.
Lee was then asked whether his Best Adapted Screenplay win this year made up for the fact that his iconic film Do The Right Thing didn’t win an Oscar back in 1990.
He joked about the swag of awards that Driving Miss Daisy — a film set in the ’40s about a black chauffeur, played by Morgan Freeman, and his relationship with a wealthy, white Southern lady he drives around — won that same year.
“I’m snakebit. Every time someone is driving somebody, I lose,” he said. “But they changed the seating arrangement.”
When finally asked how he felt about Green Book winning Best Picture, Lee loudly replied, “Next question!” The director was then asked about his reaction when the award was announced.
“I thought I was courtside at the [Madison Square] Garden. The ref made a bad call,” he said.
Later, Lee said irrespective whether BlacKkKlansman won Best Picture or not, the film would “stand the test of time, and be on the right side of history.”
The controversy surrounding Green Book is something producer Jim Burke acknowledged was “discouraging.” He told a post-awards press conference, however, that he still stands by the film.
“We always went back to the film. And when we had a bad day, we pop in the movie, and were reminded that we are all proud of this film,” Burke said.