Spike Lee Wins First Non-Honorary Oscar For "BlacKkKlansman"

Spike Lee poised to make movie history Best Director Oscar prize would make him first African American to win in that category

The stars' rightful, palpable excitement came as Spike Lee won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards for BlacKkKlansman.

"First of all Spike, so glad you're sitting down", said Jackson who starred with Lee and Charles Barkley in a series of Capital One commercials.

"Let's all mobilize, let's all be on the right side of history, let's choose love over hate, let's do the right thing", he told the audience, which stood in ovation as he recited the title of the incendiary 1989 film that made his name.

Written by Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee, the film is based on a book by Ron Stallworth.

Lee then went on to thank his grandmother for using her Social Security money to put him through film school.

Last week at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, Lee revealed a second edition of "Da BLACKkKLANSMAN Jordan Oscars".

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Other big winners of the night includes Rami Malek who won his first Oscar y for his portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in musical Bohemian Rhapsody.

Spike Lee is finally an Oscar victor.

William Inge, who graduated from KU in 1935, won a screenplay writing Oscar for the film "Splendor in the Grass" during the 34th Academy Awards ceremony in 1962.

His powerful speech was not something he had rehearsed, as just before his first ever win - he has previously been awarded an Honorary Oscar - The Daily Show spotted the director quickly scribbling down his speech.

"BlacKkKlansman" was nominated in several categories including Best Picture, Directing, Film Editing and Music (Original Score).

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