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HOLLYWOOD CA- MARCH 04 In this handout provided by A.M.P.A.S. Oscar Statues at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

HOLLYWOOD CA- MARCH 04 In this handout provided by A.M.P.A.S. Oscar Statues at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre

"The word today is 'irony.' The date, the 24th". The year, 2019. The year, 1619. History, herstory, 1619, 2019.

Four hundred years. Our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and brought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved. "Our ancestors worked the land from can't see in the morning to can't see at night", Lee said. Jose Andres and Diego Luna introduced Best Picture nominee "Roma", stating that the film serves as a reminder of "the understanding and compassion that we all owe to the invisible people in our lives - immigrants and women - who move humanity forward". Then he segued to talking about the 2020 presidential election.

Lee accepted the award with co-writers David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott. See some of the reaction from Twitter below.

"I thought I was courtside at the [Madison Square] Garden, and the ref made a bad call", he was also heard saying.

According to the Post, previously, the Brooklyn-raised Lee had only received a Best Screenplay nod for Do The Right Thing in 1990 and a Best Documentary Feature nomination in 1998 for 4 Little Girls. Lee also joked, "Every time somebody's driving somebody, I lose". "But this time they changed the seating arrangement".

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GreenBook was also nominated, and won, Best Original Screenplay. And after winning the biggest award of the night, "Green Book" director Peter Farrelly paid homage to his Rhode Island roots.

Instead of dwelling on it, Lee's looking forward to working on his next film. Vallelonga told the Hollywood Reporter backstage at the Oscars that Shirley told him not to reach out to his family about the film, adding that he didn't really know about them until after the film was already in production.

Spike Lee's vocal disapproval of the segregation-era road-trip drama was but an early indication that "Green Book" will remain a polarizing choice, especially for its depiction of race relations and its sentimentalized approach.

The 91st Academy Awards were broadcast live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC. Art, unlike politics, is not best served by such middle grounds; the approach to picking a Best Picture victor has only proven to hurt the chances of bolder or more challenging films that divide audiences.

The number of minority actors with lead roles in films increased from 13.9 percent in 2016 to 19.8 percent in 2017 - a far from flawless statistic but a sizeable improvement, nonetheless.

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