Spike Lee hid away in a corner backstage at the 2019 Oscars to scribble down an acceptance speech in case he emerged victorious for his work on BlacKkKlansman.
Comedian Trevor Noah, who was one of the guest presenters at Sunday’s (24Feb19) ceremony, took to Instagram on Monday to share a photo he had captured of the filmmaker sitting on a stool with a pen in his hand and a notepad on his lap.
In the accompanying caption, The Daily Show host explained why he had decided to document the scenario, which took place towards the beginning of the prizegiving, at which BlacKkKlansman was nominated six times.
“While walking around backstage, I noticed a small figure hunched in a corner writing something,” Trevor began. “I got closer and realized it was Spike Lee writing an acceptance speech for his Oscar nominations. I asked him if I could take this picture to remember the moment and he said yes and ‘I hope I get to use this’…”
“Well you got to use the speech @officialspikelee and it was a long time coming!” the TV star continued. “Ladies and gentlemen Oscar Award Winner- Spike Lee #Legend #Oscar #blackklansman”.
Lee was personally shortlisted for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and he ended up striking gold for the latter, which marked the 61 year old’s first competitive Academy Award.
Indeed, viewers will remember how Lee pulled out his notes onstage as he picked up the honour, alongside co-writers Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott, and read from his pre-prepared piece.
Lee had previously received an honorary Oscar at the 2015 Governors Awards.
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