The Academy Awards held its 91st Oscars Sunday, Feb. 24. The show ran smoothly, even without a host, which the procession has had for the past 30 years.
Moments after the show ended, however, a storm erupted on Twitter. Many controversies weaved throughout the movies, directors and actors behind the scenes arose or added fire.
When “BlacKkKlansman” won best adapted screenplay, director Spike Lee made a powerful and politically charged speech.
Lee opened his speech by discussing slavery and his family’s experiences of it. “I give praise to our ancestors, who have built this country into what it is today along with the genocide of the native people,” he said. “It will be a powerful movement. The 2020 presidential election is around the corner,” Lee said. “Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate.”
On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted, saying Lee needed to fact-check himself on all the president has done for African-Americans.
Additionally, when “Green Book” took Best Picture, Lee was noticeably upset and tried to leave the Dolby Theatre. Some viewers at home also disagreed with the outcome, upset that “Green Book” was coined as a great movie for showing improvement of black representation in films when other movies had better representation.
“Green Book” brought more controversy throughout the night. A 2015 tweet from the movie’s writer Nick Vallelonga resurfaced. The message contained a false, Islamophobic statement.