For anyone recording the Knicks vs Spurs game to find out who wins, avert your eyes now.
While presenting Best Adapted Screenplay, Samuel L. Jackson decided to give the audience a spoiler, first making sure Spike Lee was sitting down then announcing “the Knicks won tonight” causing Lee to laugh.
The “BlacKkKlansman” director wasn’t the only laughing, co-presenter Brie Larson had to hold together while they got “back on script” to where they gave the long overdue Oscar to Lee.
Lee ran to the stage in excitement, jumping on Jackson. Or perhaps he was just that happy the Knicks won?
Everyone was quick to congratulate Lee on his win who has been nominated for an Academy Award five times before and many times where he should have been.
“Long overdue,” wrote actress and producer, Ellen Barkin.
The Reverend Al Sharpton added, “It took 30 years but you did it on your own terms.”
ESPN host Stephen A Smith summed it up with “YYYYYYYEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAHJHHHHHHH!!!!!!”
Lee started his speech off by swearing, so people missed what he first said. It was cleared up on Twitter that the director said, “Do not turn that motherf**king clock on!”
They did not.
He ended his speech on a softer note. “Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing,” where Jackson hung around to hand the Oscar back to Lee and congratulate his friend.
Not everyone was so excited about Lee winning.
On Monday morning, Trump responded to the acceptance speech, in which Lee remembered the first kidnapped Africans brought to America in 1619 and then implored Americans to “do the right thing” in the 2020 presidential elections.
Angered, Trump called Lee’s speech “racist” and claimed to have done more for African Americans “than almost any other” president.
On Twitter, Trump was derided by some for his response.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Lee was circumspect when asked about Trump’s tweet.
“Well, it’s okee-doke, you know. They change the narrative,” Lee said.
“They did the same thing with the African-American players who were kneeling, trying to make it into an anti-American thing, an anti-patriotic thing, and an anti-military thing,” he explained. “But no one’s going for that.”