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Spike Lee was angry at the triumph of the Green Book as the best picture



February 25, 2019 09:04
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Updated on February 25, 2019 09:32

The 91st edition of the Oscars, which took place this Sunday at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, was characterized by the fact that it was very flexible and free of any major disputes. An exception is made by director Spike Lee, who was furious when actress Julia Roberts announced Green Paper: Friendship without Borders as an Academy Award-winning movie for the best film.

Undoubtedly, many were surprised by the Academy's decision, given that the film directed by Peter Farrell was competing with favorites Bohemian Rhapsody, Rome and Vice President: Beyond Power, In addition to Infiltration of KKKlan, of Lee himself, but obviously the one who is the most displaced is the last one.

As reported by various American media attending the ceremony, the screenwriter and producer also raised their hands with disgust when Green Paper He was declared the winner. Right after that Lee got out of his seat and angrily headed for the back of the hall.

A few yards ahead, the director turned and began an intense conversation with actor Jordan Peele behind him. Finally, Lee returned to his chair but turned his back on stage during the team's gratitude speech Green Paper

The director's reaction was diametrically opposed to what he had Infiltration of KKKlan won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. At this point, Lee hurried to get to the stage to get his award along with Charlie Walkl, David Rabinovitz and Kevin Wilmot, and the audience stood up.

Minutes after the awards and behind the scenes, Spike Lee explained to journalists the reason for his behavior after the triumph of Green Paper"I'm on my sixth drink and you know why," he said, smiling with a drink in his hand.

"I'm bad luck, every time someone is a driver, I'm losing," says the director, making a parallel between Peter Farrell's film based on a true US car travel story in the south of the United States on a white driver African-American pianist Don Shirley, and Driving Miss Daisy Oscar winner for the best film of 1989, and an inexperienced white woman and her African-American driver.

That same year, "Do The Right Thing" by Spike Lee was trying to be nominated for the best film and thus to compete with him Driving Miss Daisy, but it was only a candidate for the best original scenario.

Political message

The last night, the director received from his friend Samuel L. Jackson Oscar for the best original script from Infiltration of KKKlanOnce, in front of the microphone, Lee warned he would make the ceremony that it would take time.

In this way, he noted that his award was in the Black History Month, and mentioned a series of data on America's 400-year-old slavery. He also said that his grandmother had graduated from the University of the Black Spelman College, although his mother was a slave.

"Before the world, I recognize our ancestors who helped build this country," Lee said. "We all associate with our ancestors … when we love our humanity.

The director also took part in politics by mentioning the presidential elections in 2020 by asking people to mobilize and "to be on the right side of history to take the moral decision of love instead of hate."

"He did the right thing," he said, referring to the title of his film. "They know I have to put it there," he finished.


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