It appears that Spike Lee doesn’t think the Academy did the right thing.
The legendary filmmaker won his first competitive Oscar on Sunday night, for co-writing BlacKkKlansman, but after the ceremony, most of the talk from — and surrounding — him was about an award he didn’t win.
When Green Book was announced as the Best Picture winner, Lee was “visibly angry,” according to the Associated Press’ Andrew Dalton, who tweeted that the filmmaker waved his arms in disgust and tried to leave the theater before he was stopped, returning to his seat once the speech from the Green Book team was over.
In the press room, after the Green Book writers defended their controversial win, Lee addressed his loss — and reported reaction.
“Every time somebody’s driving somebody, I lose,” he said with a laugh, referencing Driving Miss Daisy winning Best Picture over Lee’s Do the Right Thing, which he acknowledged wasn’t even nominated. “They changed the seating arrangement!”
When asked about his reaction to Green Book’s victory, he did what he did throughout the questioning and took a sip of his drink (his sixth, “And you know why!”). “Let me take another sip,” he said. “Next question!” Then upon being told what his reaction was, the famous New York Knicks fan cracked, “I thought I was courtside at [Madison Square] Garden and the ref made a bad call.”
Lee went on to also discuss his adorable hug onstage with Samuel L. Jackson, #OscarsSoWhite prompting the Academy to make its ranks “look more like America,” and how his film didn’t need the night’s final award to make a statement.
“Whether we won Best Picture or not, this film will stand the test of time being on the right side of history,” he concluded.
Watch the full video of Lee above.
With reporting from Marc Snetiker.