Posted on February 25, 2019

Spike Lee’s Oscars Speech Enraged Trump. Watch and Read It Here.

Amy B Wang, Washington Post, February 25, 2019

Spike Lee didn’t just walk onstage Sunday to accept the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman.” He practically floated, against the crowd’s thunderous applause, finally leaping into the arms of presenter Samuel L. Jackson for an extended and exuberant hug.

This moment — his first Oscar win — had eluded Lee for decades, after nominations in 1990 (best original screenplay for “Do the Right Thing”) and 1998 (best documentary feature for “4 Little Girls”).


Though it never mentioned President Trump, Lee’s speech nevertheless seemed to have caught the attention of the president, who aired his displeasure early Monday morning.

“Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all, when doing his racist hit on your President,” Trump tweeted.


Trump’s only Oscars-related tweet was the one that criticized Lee.