Last night at the 2019 Academy Awards, Spike Lee took home his first non-honorary Oscar award for his movie, 'BlacKkKlansman.'
'BlacKkKlansman' won the award for the Best Adapted Screenplay and had been was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Score.
For 400 years, our ancestors were stolen from Africa and brought to Virginia and enslaved. They worked the land from ‘can’t see’ in the morning to ‘can’t see’ at night. My grandmother – who lived 100 years young, a college graduate even though her mother was a slave – my grandmother, who saved 50 years’ of Social Security checks to put me through college. She called me Spiky-poo …”
He began his speech.
“Before the world tonight, I give praise to my ancestors who built our country, along with the genocide of our native people,” Lee told the audience.
“When we regain our humanity it will be a powerful moment … The 2020 election is around the corner – let’s all mobilise and be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”
Watch his full speech below.