Spike Lee finally won his first competitive Oscar, and his acceptance speech was a doozy.
At Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony, Lee won best adapted screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman” (sharing the award with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott) and walked on stage bursting with energy and emotion. Lee, who had received two previous nominations, for the 1997 documentary “4 Little Girls” and for 1989’s “Do The Right Thing,” started his acceptance speech by ordering the Oscar producers not to turn the clock on. (He used some more choice language and was bleeped.)
The speech that followed touched deeply on black history and exhorted the crowd to get involved in the 2020 presidential election.
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. Her story. 1619. 2019. 400 years.
“Four hundred years. Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and bought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. Our ancestors worked the land from can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night. My grandmother, [inaudible], who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave. My grandmother who saved 50 years of social security checks to put her first grandchild — she called me Spikie-poo — she put me through Morehouse College and N.Y.U. grad film. N.Y.U.!”
Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of its native people. We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment. 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. Spike Lee said
Source:New York Times