The one-man boycott is still on for Spike Lee!
The Chiraq filmmaker was adamant that he would NOT be attending the Oscars in February, amid the award show's ongoing racial diversity problems.
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Of course, Lee had previously indicated he was going to skip the Academy Awards — and even now that the Academy has made massive changes to their membership in a bid to diversify, that's not enough for the famed filmmaker.
Speaking to reporters over the weekend, Lee said:
"I'm still going to the [basketball] game. I'm not showing up. My wife and I, we made the decision, we're not going to change our decision. We'll be at Madison Square Garden, Sunday night, February 28th, New York Knickerbockers against the Miami Heat. We took a moral stance, and we're not going to do a punk move and go back on our word."
We admire his conviction! But when your statement actually works and real changes are made to the rules, is it still going back on your word?
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Well, those Academy changes aren't enough for Spike.
The Do The Right Thing director went on to reveal more in-depth thoughts about how the #OscarsSoWhite controversy could REALLY be addressed:
"It's not going to be just one thing, it's going to be a lot of things that make the nominations more inclusive and representative. Someone suggested to me we should have the numbers, let's see who got how many votes. Those are two steps forward. This conversation has been going on a long time, but this year is clearly different. The conversation got so heated that the Academy had to do something. They did and I'm very happy they did. Listen, we need a seat in the room, we don't have a seat in the room and that's what is most important."
Meanwhile, Don Cheadle is very excited to watch Chris Rock burn down the night with what will probably be a very fiery award show routine.
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The actor told reporters of his expectations for the comedian:
"I've actually been talking to Chris a little bit and I hope he just goes in, because I think this is a perfect opportunity to take everyone to task — and nobody does it better than Chris, you know what I mean? He can skewer the entirety of society with this and on a world stage. I hope it turns out to be one of the greatest moments we've ever seen in television history. It would be an amazing moment."
That WOULD be an amazing moment!!!
We'll just have to wait and see what happens on February 28…
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