But as his film, otherwise set in the 1970s, ended with real-life footage of the deadly Charlottesville riots, he concluded his speech with a call to current politics.
"The 2020 presidential election is around the corner", Lee said.
Malek paid tribute to his father as well, saying, "My dad didn't get to see me do anything of this, but I think he's looking down on me right now". In 2015, he received an honorary award from the Academy. According to New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan, Lee's words were, "Do not turn that motherfucking clock on" in reference to the timer placed on all acceptance speeches. "My grandmothers, who lived to be 100 years young, who was a Spelman College graduate even though her mother was a slave".
Lee's lack of Oscars recognition has always been noted. Make the moral choice between love and hate. Let's do the right thing.
Spike Lee accepts the Adapted Screenplay award for "BlacKkKlansman" onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Fans on the internet pleaded for intel on what the star said in the moments he was censored.
The film was nominated for a total of six Oscars, including best picture, film editing and original score. The film is based on the memoir by Ron Stallworth, a black Colorado Springs detective who infiltrated a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with Jewish colleague Flip Zimmerman.