Oscars 2019: Spike Lee "Visibly Angry" After 'Green Book' Wins Best Picture
According to those at the Academy Awards, the 'BlacKkKlansman ' director was "visibly angry" following the announcement.
We're used to seeing stars acting graciously when their peers take out a coveted Oscar -- but according to a number of people present at Monday's 91st Academy Awards, that wasn't the case for Spike Lee when Green Book won Best Picture.
According to AP reporter Andrew Dalton, the director -- who won Best Adapted Screenplay and was also up for Best Picture for film BlacKKKlansman -- was "visibly angry" upon the announcement.
"[He was] 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," Dalton wrote on Twitter.
Talking to media following the show, the 61-year-old didn't seem to care about downplaying the rumours, taking a swig of his wine and telling reporters:
"This is my sixth glass, and you know why!"
When asked backstage about his apparent reaction to Green Book's win, Lee jokingly declared, "Next question!"
“Oh wait a minute, what reaction did you see? What did I do?” he added.
"No, I thought I was courtside at the [Madison Square] Garden. The ref made a bad call."
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Following his win for Best Adapted Screenplay earlier in the evening, Lee took to the stage to collect his statue, before shouting, “Do not turn that motherf**king clock on!”
Academy producers were less enthused, bleeping out the sentence and leaving many confused as to why the audio had suddenly dropped out.
He went on to give a heartfelt acceptance speech for the win, saying:
“I want to thank Tonya,” he said, referring to wife Tonya Lewis Lee.
“The word today is irony. The date, the 24th. The month, February, which also happens to be the shortest month of the year, which also happens to be Black History Month."
"Before the world tonight I give praise to my ancestors who built our country, along with the genocide of our native people,” he continued.
“We all connect with ancestors, to regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment.”