KU professor Kevin Willmott wins Oscar for best adapted screenplay

Tanya Cunningham
February 25, 2019

Hatfield also made Lee a pair of custom BlacKkKlansman Air Jordans to wear to the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.

Willmott, who co-wrote the film with Spike Lee, won the best adapted screenplay award during the 91st Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday.

And no, he didn't give the Knicks a shoutout in his acceptance speech.

"The 2020 presidential election is around the corner", he said. The prize was given by Samuel L Jackson - an elated Lee jumped into his arms and shouted "Do not turn that motherfucking clock on!" to the Oscars producers who he thought might curtail his speech. Make the moral choice between love and hate.

Lee opened bringing up 1619 and marking 400 years since "our ancestors were stolen from Mother Africa and brought to Jamestown, Virginia, enslaved". Lee thanked his grandmother for putting him through college and graduate film school.


We're to happy to see the director finally land a well-deserved Oscar, and for such a powerful movie at that! "She called me Spiky-poo ..."

"Gatekeepers decide what films they're making and what films they're not making and if we're not in the room we don't got a voice", Lee said.

"Let's be on the right side of history".

A film industry legend, Lee was previously nominated in 1990 for Writing - Screenplay for Do the Right Thing, which featured Jackson in one of his first film roles, and in 1998 for his documentary 4 Little Girls, but had never won an Academy Award.

Last week at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, Lee revealed a second edition of "Da BLACKkKLANSMAN Jordan Oscars".

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