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Filmmaker Spike Lee won Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2019 Oscar’s for his film BlacKkKlansman, making it the director’s first Academy Award.

BLACKkKLANSMAN Accepts the Oscar for Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Watch Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee accept the Oscar for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for BLACKkKLANSMAN at Oscars 2019. See more Oscar acceptance speeches and highlights on Oscar.com and in the ABC app!

The director, who has been making films for over 40 years, had only won an honorary Oscar in 2015.

Before Lee made his acceptance speech he hopped on the stage excitedly and jumped on Samuel L. Jackson, sharing an elated embrace.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 24: (L-R) Spike Lee accepts the Adapted Screenplay award for ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Samuel L. Jackson onstage during the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Brooklyn director honored his ancestors during his acceptance speech and ended it making a reference to his notable film Do The Right Thing.

“Let’s all vocalize. Let’s all be on the right side of history… Let’s do the right thing,” Lee said.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.