Director Spike Lee, an Oscar-nominee for Best Original Screenplay for "Do the Right Thing," and director George Lucas are pictured at the Governors Ball following the 62nd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, March 26, 1990.
Lee's film was snubbed in the Best Picture and Best Director categories. Lee told Jet magazine that the Academy's preference of Best Picture-winner "Driving Miss Daisy's" depiction of race relations over his meant "we have a lot farther to go. In a lot of areas, the clock is being turned backwards.''
Lee was even less reticent early in 2015, when Ava DuVernay did not get a Best Director nod for "Selma." "Nobody's talking about mother****** 'Driving Miss Daisy,'" he told The Daily Beast. "That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like 'Do the Right Thing' is. Nobody's discussing 'Driving Miss Motherf****** Daisy.' So if I saw Ava today I'd say, 'You know what? F***'em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one."