Tonight, Green Book won the Oscar trophy for Best Picture, and BlacKkKlansman’s Spike Lee did not handle it very well.
After the announcement of Green Book as the 2019 Academy Awards’ Best Picture, Spike Lee stood up and attempted to walk out from the Dolby theater, Associated Press reports.
The renowned director reportedly appeared ‘visibly angry’ over Green Book’s win, waved his hands, and walked to the exit with his Oscar in hand. Staffers reportedly stopped him and walked back to his seat. Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman was also nominated for Best Picture.
“I’m snakebit. I mean every time somebody’s driving somebody, I lose. But they changed the seating arrangement!” Lee said during an interview in the press room. He is supposedly referring to the incident in 1990 when his film Do The Right Thing did not win any awards. It is the same year that Driving Miss Daisy won multiple Oscars including Best Picture.
When asked specifically about his reaction to Green Book winning, he reportedly said, “Next question!” (BBC says his response was: “Let me sip some Champagne.”)
He closed by saying, “Whether we won Best Picture or not, this film will stand the test of time being on the right side of history.”
“I guess it’s progress because Do the Right Thing didn’t even get nominated.”
“I mean, it seems very similar to Driving Miss Daisy. They just changed the driving positions,” he added in response when asked what he thinks of Green Book.
When asked if something about Green Book that ‘offends him, he said: “It wasn’t my cup of tea.”
Tonight, Lee won his first non-honorary Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. /apr