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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Spike Lee to skip Oscars for Knicks game


Film director Spike Lee has decided that he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, but anyone who is looking for him on Feb. 28 can find him in a very familiar place — Madison Square Garden.

During an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday, Lee said he will be in his usual courtside seat when the Knicks host the Heat the night of the Oscars.

“(On) Feb. 28th, we’ll be at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden,” Lee said, per David K. Li of Page Six. “I’m going to a Knicks game.”

Like actress Jada Pinkett Smith, Lee made it very clear recently that he is not attending the Oscars in protest after the Academy did not nominate an African-American actor or actress for a major award for the second consecutive year. However, he insisted he is not trying to organize a boycott.

“I have never used the word ‘boycott,'” Lee explained. “All I said was my beautiful wife Tonya, we’re not coming. That’s it, and I gave the reasons. I never used the word ‘boycott.’

“I’m not going. My wife’s not going. Everyone else can do what they want to do.”

Lee is one of the most recognizable Knicks fans in the history of the franchise, and you can tell how seriously he takes the team during moments like this. If you had given us one guess as to where he would be instead of the Oscars, that would have been all we needed.

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