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Mandatory Credit: Photo by ETIENNE LAURENT/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (10118627hz) Spike Lee arrives for the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 24 February 2019. The Oscars are presented for outstanding individual or collective efforts in 24 categories in filmmaking. Arrivals – 91st Academy Awards, Los Angeles, USA – 24 Feb 2019

Many Oscar Nominated Directors would be happy being mentioned in the conversation of the pantheon of great directors, not Spike Lee.

Last night, all of Hollywood descended upon the Dolby Theater for the most prestigious night in Cinema. Throughout the night there seemed to be multiple curve balls thrown. Marvel’s Black Panther took home a few awards, Regina King took home her first Oscar for her marvelous performance in If Beale Street Could Talk and Roma pushed Netflix films into uncharted territory. Although these awards are extremely meaningful, the main event of the night comes when “Best Picture” is announced.

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To close out the 91st Academy Awards, Julia Roberts awarded the “Best Picture” award to Green Book on behalf of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The Peter Farrelly directed film beat out Oscar favourites, A Star Is BornBohemian Rhapsody and Roma for this year’s award. Unfortunately, the light hearted nature of the film seemed to not sit well with many of those in attendance.

BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee was visibly angry when “Green Book” was announced as the winner of best picture, described to be waving his arms in disgust and appearing to try to storm out of the Dolby Theatre before he was stopped at the doors. He returned to his seat when the speeches were over.

Lee was visibly confused and astonished when the film took home the night’s biggest award. and just like his films, Spike Lee isn’t one to hold his tongue.

Fortunately, the night wasn’t all that bad for the legendary filmmaker. Spike Lee took home his first ever Academy Award last night for “Best Adapted Screenplay”.

Ananth Para
paramana@mcmaster.ca

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