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"They just censored Spike Lee for a good 5 seconds".

Lee also took time to thank his grandmother - a college graduate despite being the daughter of a slave, who saved 50 years of social security checks to put him through college all while calling him "Spiky poo" along the way.

Lee started out his acceptance speech with some profanity, telling producers not to start the clock on his speech. He was honored for co-writing BlacKkKlansman with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott.

At the end, Lee referenced his now-iconic 1989 film Do The Right Thing, which was infamously snubbed at the 1990 Oscars.

Lee, whose film including footage of President Donald Trump following the violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, urged mobilization for the upcoming election.

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Several Oscar winners took some time on the stage to thank family members - rather than get political.

It was Lee's first Oscar win, not counting an honorary award he received from the Academy in 2015. "Make the moral choice between love versus hate", he said.

"Let's be on the right side of history. You know I had to get that in there!" The award-winning script is based on the memoir of the same name by Ron Stallworth, who the film portrays, courtesy of actor John David Washington.

The film was nominated for a total of six Oscars, including best picture, film editing and original score.

Lee's other films include Malcolm X, She's Gotta Have It, Miracle at St. Anna, Inside Man and 25th Hour.