Spike Lee Angry At Green Book Winning Best Picture Oscar

The pinnacle of the awards season, the Oscars is an emotional event, but one nominee appeared to let it get the better of them when they tried to 'storm out' of the glitzy do.

BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee was reportedly not happy when it was announced that Green Book had won the prestigious Best Picture award.

Disappointed at having missed out on the gong, Lee was apparently spotted waving his hands in disbelief, leaving his seat and then making his way to the exit, before being stopped by staff. Unable to leave, he returned to his seat after the speeches had finished.

Andrew Dalton from Associated Press spotted the ruckus, tweeting: "Spike Lee was visibly angry when Green Book was announced as the winner of best picture at the Oscars, 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."

Speaking to the press backstage after the ceremony, the iconic filmmaker said he felt the judges had made the wrong decision.

The director reportedly attempted to storm out of the theatre after the Best Picture announcement. Credit: PA
The director reportedly attempted to storm out of the theatre after the Best Picture announcement. Credit: PA

He said: "Let me take another sip (sips champagne). Next question... What did I do?"

Using a basketball analogy, the New York Knicks fan went on: "I thought I was courtside at the (Madison Square) Garden, and the ref made a bad call."

Starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, Green Book pipped the likes of Roma, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born - as well as Lee's movie - to take home the night's most prestigious award.

It tells the story of a white driver, Tony Lip, played by Mortensen, and his relationship with an African-American pianist, Dr Don Shirley, played by Ali, who he chauffeurs on his concert tour of the Deep South in the 1960s.

The 61-year-old picked up the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Credit: PA
The 61-year-old picked up the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. Credit: PA

Despite receiving critical acclaim, some have claimed it perpetuates the 'white saviour' trope - comedian Seth Myers even mocked the flick in a sketch for Saturday Night Live.

But this isn't the first time Lee has missed out on the top honour - this year's loss will no doubt bring back bad memories of the 1990 Oscars ceremony, when his iconic film Do The Right Thing lost out to Driving Miss Daisy for Best Picture.

Looking back at that defeat, he joked: "Every time somebody is driving somebody, I lose!

"They changed the seating arrangement! But in '89 I didn't get nominated. So, this one we did."

Lee didn't go home completely empty handed last night however, his film picked up the Best Adapted Screenplay award.

During his rousing speech he made an impassioned plea for people to get on 'the right side of history'.

He said: "Before the world tonight, I give praise to our ancestors who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of its native people. We all connect with our ancestors. We will have love and wisdom regained, we will regain our humanity. It will be a powerful moment.

"The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let's all mobilize. Let's all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let's do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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