"That vehicle drove down that one street in [Charlottesville], Virginia, and the president of the United States did not reject, refute [or] did not denounce the Klan, Alt-Right and Neo-Nazis", Lee said.
"Black Panther", with a predominantly black cast, came away with three Oscars, including costume design, for its vision of a fictional glorious African kingdom of Wakanda.
Lee won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansmen and gave an empowering speech about love and equality. "Make the moral choice between love versus hate". It goes without saying that comic book movies are nothing to be trifled with during Oscar season.
This all occurred with curiously little sense of ceremony or occasion. The event raced across an oddly outfitted stage at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, inside a cavernous, oblong structure with rippling folds that suggested a cross between a Frank Gehry building and the monster in a David Cronenberg movie.
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A third added: " Captain America making sure Regina King had a flawless walk on stage to accept her Oscar". King has also been an outspoken advocate for gender and ethnic diversity in Hollywood.
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Despite the celebrity names, all eyes are on the best picture prize in one of the most eclectic Oscar line-ups for years. Her sister was going out for a casting call for a movie that was being partially shot in their town.
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It's just about the truth. 'They chose to make Don Shirley estranged from his black family, though that was not true. They decided to make him absurdly disconnected from black community and culture, though that was not true.
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But I don't think there will be much disagreement when it comes to determining the evening's most electrifying interlude. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed an intimate duet of "Shallow" from "A Star is Born", which brought Gaga her first Oscar.