Oscars: Here’s What Spike Lee Said That Got Bleeped

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For those of you that missed the start of Spike Lee’s speech after he won Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman,” — which was everyone who watched the Oscars on TV, since his initial remarks were bleeped out — yep, he swore.

But it’s just because he wanted to make sure he had time to say his whole statement.

“Do not turn that motherf—ing clock on,” Lee shouted.

Lee then read his prepared statements, an expressly political call to action which included: a reminder to the audience that this year is the 400th anniversary of when slaves first arrived in Virginia from Africa; noting that February is both Black History Month, and the shortest month of the year; and a plea for people to vote in 2020 — you can guess what his preferred outcome is.

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“Make the moral choice between love versus hate,” Lee said near the end of his speech, sporting the knuckle bracelets worn by Radio Raheem in his signature film. “Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there.”

Lee was ecstatic over the Oscar win, his first ever in a long career (though he won an honorary Oscar in 2015.) But then again he might also have been fired up by the news that his beloved New York Knicks ended a losing streak by defeating the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night. Presenter Samuel L. Jackson went off script to update Lee on the team’s record as soon as he stepped out onstage with his “Captain Marvel” co-star Brie Larson. Come to think of it, that might also be why Lee jumped into Jackson’s arms when he walked up to accept his Oscar.

Lee won along with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott for the script, which is based on the book by Ron Stallworth.

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Spike Lee to Host Brooklyn Block Party for ‘Do the Right Thing’ 30th Anniversary

Spike Lee to Host Brooklyn Block Party for ‘Do the Right Thing’ 30th Anniversary

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Spike Lee will be hosting a block party for the 30th anniversary of his 1989 film, “Do the Right Thing,” on June 30.

“It’s going to be lit,” Lee said during an interview with TheWrap managing editor Thom Geier on Tuesday night following a screening of his Oscar-nominated film “BlackKklansman.”

The celebration will take place June 30 on the block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn where much of the film was shot, Lee said, noting that Stuyvesant Ave. between Lexington and Quincy has since been re-named “Do the Right Thing Way,”

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The event will be free and open to the public, in the same spirit as Lee’s past block parties, including an annual Michael Jackson party and a Prince-themed party in 2017.

“Do the Right Thing” explores racial tensions in a Brooklyn neighborhood over the course of a single summer day. In 1999, the Library of Congress added the film to the National Film Registry.

The film has long been acclaimed as one of Lee’s greatest works, receiving nominations for Best Supporting Actor for Danny Aiello and Best Original Screenplay for Lee in 1989 — but it was memorably snubbed for nominations in Best Picture and Best Director. “Driving Miss Daisy” went on to win Best Picture.

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However, “BlackKlansman” has earned widespread acclaim and six Oscar nominations, including three individual nods for Lee as director, producer and co-writer. Supporting actor Adam Driver also earned a nomination, along with Lee’s longtime composer Terence Blanchard and editor Barry Alexander Brown.

Discussing his own long-lasting career, Lee joked, “This is my fourth decade. Check my IMDb page.”

 

 

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Spike Lee to Receive Career Achievement Award From Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Spike Lee will be honored with a career achievement award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival, organizers announced on Wednesday.

Lee, who has been making films for more than three decades, has directed classics such as “Do The Right Thing,” “She’s Gotta Have It” and “Malcolm X.” His most recent film, “BlacKkKlansman,” has been praised by critics.

“Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights while creating an iconic body of film and television work over his 30-year career,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “In ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Lee directs one of his best and most provocative films about an African-American detective and a white detective who are determined to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs. It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Spike Lee.”

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“BlacKkKlansman” is the true story of Ron Stallworth, played by John David Washington. Stallworth was the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, he also set out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

In the film, the young detective teams up with a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), to take down the extremist group as it aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.  The Focus Features film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Lee joins previously announced honorees Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and the “Green Book.” Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson.

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The awards gala will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs Jan. 3-14.

Spike Lee’s three-decade career also includes “School Daze,” “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Jungle Fever,” “He Got Game,” and “Inside Man,” among many others. And his feature documentary work includes the double Emmy award-winning “If God Is Willing” and “Da Creek Don’t Rise,” a follow-up to his HBO documentary film “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts” and the Peabody Award-winning “A Huey P Newton Story.”

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President Obama’s Favorite Movies and TV Shows in Office (Photos)

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President Barack Obama’s favorite movies and TV shows run the gamut from “The Wire” to “The Godfather” to “Game of Thrones” to “Star Trek” — and he’s kind of a sci-fi nerd, in the best way.

President Obama is the first Pop Culture President. He’s got eclectic, at times even hipster-like, taste in movies, music and TV. We’ll overlook his mom jeans because he’s not afraid to hurl a diss at Drake in favor of Kendrick. And while his reading list this week with the New York Times is all well and good, we’d much rather binge watch his other favorites.

“The Godfather” Parts 1 and 2

Maybe he was playing it safe as a candidate, but Obama told Katie Couric that both “The Godfather” Part 1 and Part 2 were his favorite movies. “There’s this combination of old world gentility and ritual, with this savagery underneath. It’s all about family,” he said. As for Part 3? “Not so much.”

“Casablanca”

Also in his interview with Couric, Obama name checked two other classics, “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Casablanca.” “Who doesn’t like ‘Casablanca?’” John McCain on the other hand went with a lesser-known Elia Kazan film “Viva Zapata.”

“Do the Right Thing”

At a screening celebrating the film’s 25th Anniversary, the Obamas told an audience that “Do the Right Thing” was the film they watched on their first official date. “He was trying to show me his sophisticated side by selecting an independent filmmaker,” Michelle said. “You don’t look like Mookie anymore, but ‘Do The Right Thing’ still holds up a mirror to our society,” Obama added.

“Boyhood”

Like so many others that year, except those in the Academy, Obama said that Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” was his favorite film of 2014.

“The Martian”

The following year, Obama selected Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” as his favorite film of 2015, while Michelle went with Pixar’s “Inside Out.” The film was one of his 10 favorite sci-fi movies ever, telling Wired, “it shows humans as problem solvers.” Among Obama’s other sci-fi favorites, he named…

“2001: A Space Odyssey”

It “captures the grandeur and scale of the unknown.”

“Blade Runner”

“It asks what it means to be human.”

“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

“It is fundamentally optimistic.”

“The Matrix”

“It asks basic questions about our reality – and it looks very cool.”

“Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”

“It was fun and revolutionized special effects.” Obama also used a screening of “Star Wars” for Gold Star families as an excuse to duck out of a press conference at the end of 2012.

“Cosmos: A Personal Voyage”

Among TV shows, Obama was a big fan of Carl Sagan’s documentary series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” adding it to his Wired list by saying it fed his “lifelong fascination with space.” Obama also recorded an intro for the new “Cosmos” series, “A Spacetime Odyssey.”

“Star Trek,” the original series

Sorry Picard fans, Trekkie in Chief is a fan of the original series of “Star Trek.” He’s been seen giving the Vulcan salute from time to time and told Uhura herself that he had a crush on her when he was younger.

“The Wire”

Obama called the Baltimore, HBO drama “The Wire,” “one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades.” Obama sat down with the show’s creator David Simon to talk about how the drug and law enforcement challenges tackled on the show could provide solutions for the country at large.

“M*A*S*H”

And while Obama might consider “The Wire” the “best” show, his favorite is “M*A*S*H.” In an offhand comment, he revealed to a crowd in Minneapolis that the long running anti-war comedy from the ’70s was his favorite of all time.

“Game of Thrones”

Obama once got an early look at Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” before anyone else, but kept any spoilers to himself. He’s spoken numerous times about the show, including naming his favorite character (Tyrion Lannister) and attempting to name everyone who has died.

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