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Spike Lee is one of the most important filmmakers ever, and the Academy has finally recognized it, awarding him with Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKKKlansman, his first Oscar.

BlacKKKlansman is based on the memoir Black Klansman by of Ron Stallworth, a black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Lee ran to the stage and jumped in the arms of fellow Morehouse Man Samuel L. Jackson, who presented the award.

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While Spike Lee’s legendary filmography has had classics like Do The Right Thing, School Daze, Malcolm X and more, this is the first time in his 33-year career where he’ll take home an Academy Award.

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