NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Spike Lee was honored at the Academy Awards on Sunday night, but, true to his word, he didn’t show up. He did, however, make quite the appearance at Madison Square Garden.
Sporting a black tuxedo and gold-colored Air Jordans, Lee took in the Knicks game against Miami with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.
Upset over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees, Spike Lee vowed to skip the event, where he is normally a fixture. This despite receiving an honorary award back in November for his many directorial efforts. Clips from Lee’s movies were featured in a video montage during Sunday’s ceremony.
Not long after the Academy announced the nominations for the acting categories, which did not feature a single person of color, Lee took to Instagram, writing: “But, how is it possible for the 2nd consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white? And let’s not even get into the other branches. 40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!!”
Lee drew a lot of attention at the Knicks game, but probably wasn’t pleased to hear fans chanting “Let’s go Heat!” during the final minute of what ended up as a 98-81 loss.
New York has lost 14 of its last 17 games.