Is Brooklyn in the house?! It most certainly is.
It was a night of historic firsts at the 91st annual Academy Awards, with Black Panther’s Ruth Carter becoming the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best Costume Design and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s Peter Ramsey becoming the first black director to win for Best Animated Feature. Among those well-deserved, celebrated firsts was 61-year-old Spike Lee finally earning his long-overdue Oscar, winning Best Adapted Screenplay for his film Blackkklansman.
After directing classics such as Do the Right Thing, She’s Gotta Have It, He Got Game, School Daze, Crooklyn and Malcolm X among many others, Lee continues to solidify his legacy and ensure the voice and messages of “doing the right thing” are heard. By using the colorful art of “blaxploitation,” Lee and Blackkklansman reintroduced the genre to yet another generation during a time when we must face the truth of continued systemic racism head-on in order to finally make a change within our society. Lee even called for change during his acceptance speech Sunday night: “The 2020 election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love verses hate. Let’s do the right thing!”