Spike Lee Wins First Non-Honorary Oscar For "BlacKkKlansman"

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The speech was not something Lee had planned, even though some pundits predicted he would finally win an Oscar Sunday.

The director won the best adapted screenplay Academy Award for "BlacKkKlansman", making it Lee's first competitive Oscar win.

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. Let us all mobilise, let's all be on the right side of history.

"First of all, Spike, I'm so glad you're sitting down", Jackson said.

Rami Malek just won the Oscar for Best Actor at the 2019 Academy Awards. "Make the moral choice between love versus hate".

At the conclusion of his speech, Lee exclaimed, "Do the right thing!".

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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.

Lee ended his speech - which had Jordan Peele in tears - on a political note. "Let's do the right thing", he exclaimed to the crowd, a reference to his 1989 film.

"While walking around backstage, I noticed a small figure hunched in a corner writing something", Noah wrote.

BlacKkKlansman is a searing yet sometimes hilarious broadside against racism with the stranger-than-fiction true story of an African-American police officer who managed to infiltrate the highest levels of the Ku Klux Klan. Fans on the internet pleaded for intel on what the star said in the moments he was censored. The award-winning script is based on the memoir of the same name by Ron Stallworth, who the film portrays, courtesy of actor John David Washington.

"BlacKkKlansman" was nominated in several categories including Best Picture, Directing, Film Editing and Music (Original Score).

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