Spike Lee furiously storms off after 'Green Book' wins best picture at the Oscars
For those who lose out at the Oscars, standard practice dictates that they clap politely and get on with it - but Spike Lee wasn't going to do this last night.
Reports claim the director was 'visibly angry' when Green Book won Best Picture at the Oscars and attempted to storm out of the Dolby Theatre after the winner was announced.
According to various eyewitness accounts, the 61-year-old, whose film BlacKkKlansman was up for the same award, returned to his seat afterwards and got into an "intense conversation" with Get Out director Jordan Peele.
Deadline reported that their journalist Pete Hammond had seen that "Lee was clearly furious, got up and walked toward the back of the auditorium in a huff. He then turned back and appeared to get into an intense conversation with Jordan Peele, who was behind him. Lee paced the aisle and stormed to the back of the auditorium. When he came back, he turned his back to the stage during the speech."
In TV footage of the Academy Awards, he could be seen pacing the aisles as the Green Book team made their way to the stage to accept their Oscar.
Lee, whose movie BlacKkKlansman won Best Adapted Screenplay, spoke out about the film in the press room later in the night, claiming "the ref made a bad call". He told reporters: "I thought I was courtside at the Garden and the ref made a bad call."
Green Book, a drama about the unlikely friendship between a black pianist and his white driver touring the racially segregated Deep South during the 1960s, had been slammed by critics for using a white character as its main protagonist in a movie about discrimination against black people.
Lee related his feelings on Green Book to his disappointment about his film Do The Right Thing not being nominated for Best Picture in 1990, while Driving Miss Daisy won, stating: "The world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. Knicks coming back this year."
Speaking on CBS Sunday morning earlier this month, Lee said of the snub: "Oh, it hurt. And the reason why it hurt is, had they chose a great, great film for Best Picture, I’d have been cool with it. But their choice [Driving Miss Daisy] hurt like a motherf*cker! It did!"
"After Do the Right Thing, and it was solidified with Malcolm X [being snubbed], I was never going to be put in a position myself where I needed someone’s – whatever it is – to validate my work, to give it value. I know what I do, and the people let me know.
"People tell me I’ve changed their life, how they never thought about going to college before they saw School Daze, how they never even thought that black people can make movies."