The bleeped out part of Spike Lee's 2019 Oscars acceptance speech has been revealed. The director scored his first Oscar win for his work on BlacKkKlansman, a film based on a true story about an African American police officer who infiltrated the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.
Lee, who also directed the movie, won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay with co-writers Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott. Even before its release, the film received a lot of buzz and was on track to become Lee's biggest opening since 2006's Inside Man. The win was a long time coming: Lee's only other Oscar nomination was in 1990 for Best Screenplay for Do the Right Thing. When Lee won in 2019, he took to the stage with great enthusiasm, jumping into actor Samuel L. Jackson's arms and giving an impassioned speech that honored his grandmother and asked the audience to look to their ancestors for wisdom. He also made a political statement about the 2020 presidential election asking everyone to "do the right thing," a remark that garnered him massive applause.
But there was one part of Lee's speech that got bleeped out. And although everyone wanted to know what Lee said, it turns out it wasn't quite as exciting as they might have hoped. According to The New York Times' Kyle Buchanan, who attended the event, Lee's edited words were "Do not turn that mother f***ing clock on!" This is about the speech timer that plays music over those winners whose speeches drag on longer than they're supposed to. Fortunately for Lee, and perhaps for the person in charge of the speech clock, that didn't happen, and Lee got his moment.
The 2019 Oscars held its share of firsts for almost everyone. Marvel won its first Academy Award after Black Panther took home the award for costume design, and then later nabbed awards for its production design and score. The film was also nominated for Best Picture. Interestingly enough, Lee previously lauded Black Panther as a movie that changed the game for black filmmakers: its Oscar nominations and wins undoubtedly prove that.
Black Panther also sets a new trend for superhero movies that have previously gone ignored by these kinds of awards ceremonies: The Best Animated Feature statue ended up going to Sony's Into The Spider-Verse. The 2019 Oscars were certainly memorable and thanks to a diverse group of nominees and winners, it appears that the Academy Awards ceremony plans on trying to remain relevant in the future.
Source: Kyle Buchanan