After three men took the prize, Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Larson stepped back to the microphone to open the adapted envelope. Euphoria Jackson cried the name of Mr. Li for BlacKkKlansman, and the director jumped into the hands of his friend when he stepped on stage.
This is Oscar's first victory in Mr. Lee. He shared this reward with his friends Kevin Wilmott, who is black, and Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz, both of whom are white. He then compared the "Green Book" with Miss Daisy Driving, the racial fantasy of reconciliation, who gained the best picture in 1990 when Mr. Lee's innovation "Make the Right Thing" was not even designed. 1
Mr. Lee also compared the victory of the best picture with the Green Book with his favorite New York "Nix", having lost a close game.
Lee added, however, that the academy is changing, noting the aggressive efforts of the organization to diversify its membership after exposing #OscarsSoWhite in 2015 and 2016.
"They opened the academy to make the academy look more like America," said Mr. Lee. "That's why the three black women, if I figure out correctly, won the Oscars (design) and Ruth E. Carter (costumes), became the first African Americans to receive Oscars in their categories.
Wilmott, who began two decades ago in Hollywood, summed up both euphoria and disappointment.
"This evening is a big step forward, I think, differently," he said. "It's sometimes unpleasant."