Watch Spike Lee Win a Competitive Oscar for the Very First Time

Is Brooklyn in the house?

It took three decades since his very first nomination (for Best Original Screenplay for Do the Right Thing), but Spike Lee has finally netted a competitive Academy Award, Best Adapted Screenplay specifically, for BlackKklansman.

Yes, Lee had already received a non-competitive Oscar from the Academy in 2016 as a kind of lifetime achievement prize, but last night's win represented the first win for Lee going up against fellow nominees. The film also represented the first time Lee had been nominated in the Directing category, a category that, had he had won, would've welcomed him as the first African-American winner. 

While Lee's speech last night was impassioned and heartfelt, it may have been briefer than many were expecting (such are the restrictions of live television), and so we're including below the original speech, the backstage Thank You cam appreciatory remarks, and the press conference that immediately followed along with his three fellow co-writers Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott. 

Congrats Spike!

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Have you seen BlackKklansman yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.      

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Spike lee is such a moron. Preaching love instead of hate, but i still remember him twitting the wrong address of innocent people leading them to be harassed.

February 26, 2019 at 1:55AM

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Martin Brewer
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Love this guy..
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February 26, 2019 at 2:45AM

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Ahhhh good old Spike ... the man who thinks and acts like every day is 1963 Mississippi .... filled with hate and contempt ... he keeps the "problem" alive and using good old capitalism has become a multi millionaire .... even tho the white man is keeping him down ..... try being part of a solution instead a big part of the problem...

February 26, 2019 at 6:31AM, Edited February 26, 6:32AM

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So are we gonna pretend like Charlottesville didn’t happen or....

February 26, 2019 at 11:26PM

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BlacKkKlansman was great. Should’ve probably won a few more, but I’m glad to see it won for its writing.

February 26, 2019 at 11:28PM

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