SPIKE LEE SPEECH: “I didn’t find film. Film found me…You have to bust your ass, roll up your sleeves, and attack, attack, attack every single day.”
(www.BlacksinHollywood.com) – Just when you thought you had seen everything, this happens.
More than 25 years after being snubbed for his films including “School Days” and “Do the Right Thing,” Spike Lee received an Oscar for the very films which originally got dissed. On November 14, 2015 in Hollywood, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ seventh annual Governors Awards, Lee was presented his honorary award. He was casket sharp including two wardrobe changes.
Spike Lee already had attendees nervous about what he might say as he has been getting beat up in the press for his new movie, “Chiraq” and other things. He was even exploited by rapper Rhymefest, who is trying desperately to pick a fight in hopes that his documentary might get a nod.
“He made it viable to tell your story your way. A lot of people have come out of what Spike Lee started,” said fellow actor Samuel L. Jackson. “Spike makes films that are very personal to Spike…he makes films from his heart.”
How ironic that Rhymefest is seeking societal acceptance after years of making history for bucking the powers that be. It is sad to watch for the rapper and gratifying for Spike Lee, who knows there is not a snowball chance in hell that Rhymefest’s documentary will blow the judges away.
But instead be disrespectful the way Rhymefest was to him, Spike offers hope.
“All it takes is one yes. You get a bunch of motherf—ing nos, but all it takes is one yes,” says the ‘Chi-raq’ director.
We have pics, insider scoop and of course Spike’s speech so stay tune all night for history in the making. It took more than 25 years, but Hollywood is finally “Doing the Right Thing. Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes joined Samuel L. Jackson in presenting Spike with his award.
SEE the FASHION! Hear Spike’s FIERY speech! Plus more!
We’ve dubbed the night: “GOTHAM GLAMOUR”
SPIKE’S HISTORIC SPEECH: Lee praised academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs for her work in promoting diversity in Hollywood. “President, keep it going,” he said. “I know it’s tough. We got a long way to go.”
“Everybody in here probably voted for Obama but when I go to offices, I see no Black folks except for the brotherman at the security who checks my name off the list as I go into the studio. So we can talk ‘yabba yabba yabba’ but we need to have some serious discussion about diversity and get some flavor up in this.
This industry is so behind sports it’s ridiculous. It’s easier to be the president of the United States as a Black person than be the head of a studio. Honestly, it’s easier to be president of the United States than the head of a studio or head of network.
I don’t know if you noticed but the United States census bureau says by the year 2043, white Americans are going to be the minority in this country. And all you people out there in the position of hiring, you better get smart because you’ll work for us. Reflect what this country looks like.”