Spike Lee left the Oscars angrily after Green Book won Best Picture

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Mr Lee's film BlackKklansman, also nominated for Best Picture, examines a slice of USA's racial history as Green Book does - it tells the true story of how an African-American detective managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

Green Book was marketed as a feel good flick about how famed Black concert pianist Don Shirley (Ali) became friends with his white bodyguard Tony "Lip" Vallelonga (Mortenson) while traveling through the deep South on tour.

Lee was dumbfounded back in 1990 when "Driving Miss Daisy", a movie deemed by many to be egregiously tone deaf on race, won best picture while his widely lauded "Do the Right Thing" couldn´t even muster a nomination.

As the Green Book team walked to the stage, the Oscars panned up for a wide shot, just enough to visibly make out Spike Lee, dressed all in purple, standing in the aisle, nearly blocking them.

He said: "Let me take another sip (sips champagne)".

"I'm snake-bit. Every time someone's driving somebody, I lose, " Lee said. Alfonso Cuarón won best director for "Roma", which also won best foreign language film.

"I thought I was courtside at the Garden and the ref made a bad call", the die-hard New York Knicks fan quipped.

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"They changed the seating arrangement!"

Meanwhile, Justin Chang a critic at the Los Angeles Times laced into "Green Book", calling the film "an embarrassment" and "the film industry's unquestioning embrace of it is another". "Don Shirley, obviously, we all thanked Mahershala, gave him a great thank you".

They were also asked about the reaction from the Shirley family, who claimed that the film fabricates many aspects of the relationship between the two characters.

Green Book's failures as a movie are compounded by the fact that, as more and more information comes out, it's clear that writer/producer Nick Vallelonga and co. really wanted to tell the story of Vallelonga's father featuring Don Shirley. "Why would you need to be white to enjoy a beautifully told story about moving past one´s bigotry?" "He was an incredible man".

Soon after the film was release, members of Shirley's family came forward saying that the film was "full of lies" with the American classical pianist's niece Carol Shirley Kimble saying that "There was no due diligence done to afford my family and my deceased uncle the respect of properly representing him, his legacy, his worth and the excellence in which he operated and the excellence in which he lived". "And the message is, talk to each other and you'll find out we all have a lot in common".

"The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. I know that sounds corny and pollyanna-ish but it's the truth". Despite positive reviews for Ali's performance (which won him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar), the film has been criticized for portraying a whitewashed version of actual events.

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