Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Spike Lee, Sore Loser: 'Ref Made a Bad Call' on Best Picture

Spike Lee, Sore Loser: 'Ref Made a Bad Call' on Best Picture

But instead, he chose to attack Spike Lee, apparently taking a call for making a "moral choice between love versus hate" as a personal attack on him which, really, is a harsher indictment of himself than anything Lee said.

"I have worked hard for a long time and it's not about winning, it's about not giving up", said a tearful Gaga.

Diamond and Silk defended President Trump Monday on "The Todd Starnes Show" while noting that Spike Lee was pushing a "fake narrative" at the Oscars. The wins for "Black Panther"-along with best-animated film victor "Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse"-meant the first Academy Awards for Marvel, the most consistent blockbuster factory Hollywood has ever seen".

The problematic Best Picture win did not escape social media.

"But in '89 I didn't get nominated, so this one we did".

"I'm snakebit. Every time someone is driving somebody, I lose", Lee told reporters in response to a question about his reaction to the win for "Green Book". His comment was a reference to 1990 best picture victor Driving Miss Daisy which won the same year his breakout film Do the Right Thing failed to pick up any awards.

The president did not say what about Lee's speech he considered racist.

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Rami Malek, whose parents immigrated from Egypt to the United States, took home the best actor prize for his turn as Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody".

It is Cuaron's second win of the night.

Lee, who captured the best adapted screenplay trophy for "BlacKkKlansman, " jumped into the arms of presenter, longtime collaborator and close friend Samuel L. Jackson when he took the stage Sunday to accept his award with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott.

Some critics faulted "Green Book" for portraying a white character, in this film played by Viggo Mortensen, as the protagonist in a film about discrimination against black people. Numerous original complaints about the movie have been dredged up again in light of the film's Best Picture win.

Also backstage, King noted the broad support she received for her performance, but said of Hollywood that "we're still trying to get more reflective".

The 91st Academy Awards took place on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and it was an evening filled with emotions for the Oscar nominees. I still watch "Do the Right Thing" at least three times a year, as it is still one of the most referenced films in our culture. However, all eyes were on Lee now that his losing streak at the Oscars was finally broken. "Do the Right Thing" should've been nominated for Best Picture that year, too, but it wasn't.

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