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What Did Spike Lee Say at the 2019 Oscars?

Here's What Spike Lee Said in His Bleeped Oscars Acceptance Speech

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 24: 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. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

At Sunday night's Oscars, director and writer Spike Lee finally took home his first Oscar after being nominated five times. Lee won for best adapted screenplay for his work on BlacKkKlansman, and when he took the stage to accept his award from a gleeful Samuel L. Jackson, he had plenty to say. He's notorious for being a little on the uncensored side, so when he got onstage, it's no surprise that the censors were deployed.

When Lee stepped up to the mic to make his acceptance speech, his first words were bleeped for viewers at home, leaving viewers puzzled as to what he was saying. Twitter quickly came to the rescue, with attendees in the room and viewers of the uncensored international broadcast reporting Lee's actual words.

"He began his speech by saying 'Do not turn that motherf*cking clock on!'," tweeted New York Times reporter Kyle Buchanan. Several tweets from international users confirmed that was the case, since the profanity apparently was not censored on the non-American broadcast. Lee's speech, after the bleep, turned into a moving shoutout to the history of minorities in America, as well as a call to political action. After winning for best adapted screenplay, Lee had to wait for his other two categories: he also received nominations for best director and (in his capacity as a producer) for best picture, but it's his screenplay acceptance speech that will go down as one of the memorable moments of the night!

Image Source: Getty / Kevin Winter
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