Black Twitter created the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite while blasting the Academy Awards for not nominating anyone of color — specifically the obvious “Selma.”
“That doesn’t diminish the film,” Lee said beforec comparing the relevance of the 1990 Oscar Award-winning film, “Driving Miss Daisy” and his 1990 Oscar-nominated motion picture, “Do The Right Thing.”
“Nobody’s talking about motherf*ckin’ ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like ‘Do the Right Thing’ is,” he added.
He continued with, “nobody’s discussing Driving Miss Motherf*ckin’ Daisy. So if I saw Ava today I’d say, ‘You know what? F*ck ’em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one.”
Lee is behind some of the most critically-acclaimed and significant films of the last 25-plus years, but he has yet to receive an Oscar nomination for his work.
“Anyone who thinks this year was gonna be like last year is retarded,” he said. “There were a lot of black folks up there with 12 Years a Slave, Steve [McQueen], Lupita [Nyong’o], Pharrell. It’s in cycles of every 10 years. Once every 10 years or so I get calls from journalists about how people are finally accepting black films.”
Read more of the interview at the Daily Beast.