American Indians were incensed by Lee’s continued, racially insensitive tomahawk chopping
Spike Lee recently told King magazine that his fight with Clint Eastwood may cost him an Oscar for Miracle at St. Anna. Personally, I think it might be the shitty reviews that do it. Of course, Spike’s not one to let his Oscar dreams stand in the way of continuing to say stupid things.
“My wife Tonya told me I may have hurt my chances with the Clint Eastwood stuff… They (Oscar voters and Academy bosses) take everything into account with me. They take into account that I like the Knicks or that I’m in New York.”
Lee is adamant the fact he’s a Big Apple guy has cost him an Oscar Best Director nomination in the past: “If you did a survey, the bulk of the people who vote in the Academy are in Los Angeles. There’s definite bias, considering that my films are typically New York-based.”
That’s true, Spike, the Academy hates New York. I mean, look at poor Woody Allen, he’s only won three Oscars. In fact, I bet Reggie Miller is somehow behind all this.
He’s still upset that his Do The Right Thing movie wasn’t even considered for an Oscar the year Driving Miss Daisy claimed Best Film.
He adds, “Nobody is watching motherf-cking Driving Miss Daisy today. Do The Right Thing is being taught in classes at major universities and high schools all over the world. That’s how you’re supposed to test art. Does the work stand up?” [Source]
Spike may have a point there, but think the English Patient over Fargo, Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction, Titanic, Crash, A Beautiful Mind – look, a lot of shitty movies have won Best Picture Oscars. They nominated The Hours, for Christ’s sake. No one saw that movie. I’m not sure where I was going with this, but Spike Lee is a dick.