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Spike Lee walked out of Oscars theater when he heard ‘Green Book’ announced as best picture

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Filmmaker Spike Lee appeared angry that the film “Green Book” won the Academy Award for best picture Sunday evening.

According to Associated Press reporter Andrew Dalton, Lee began “waving his arms in disgust and appearing to try to storm out of the Dolby Theatre before he was stopped at the doors. He returned to his seat when the speeches were over.”

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“Green Book” has struggled with controversy for what some call a “whitewashing” of the life of classical pianist Donald Shirley. There was also the story of Shirley refusing to allow the story of his unlikely friendship with driver Tony Vallelonga to be told. Vallelonga said that Shirley gave his permission but asked that the film not be made until after his death. Shirley’s nephew said that he knew of his uncle’s wishes but not that he ultimately agreed to the film.

Critics noted that the film was an example of a “white savior” plot, where a black main character is saved by a white character. Examples include “Blood Diamond,” “The Blind Side” and “The Help.”

It’s unknown which problem with the film bothers Lee the most.

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Lee won his first Oscar earlier in the night for writing the critically acclaimed film “BlacKkKlansman.”


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‘The country got an education’: Nicolle Wallace explains why impeachment could move public opinion

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace offered her analysis after the day of televised hearings in the impeachment inquiry.

Wallace, who served as White House communications director under President George W. Bush, drew upon her experience as a top Republican strategist.

"Listen, I haven’t spent a nanosecond in a courtroom, but I’ve spent my career in the court of public opinion. And if you look at what the Democrats have set out to do and you look at why this has swung public opinion in a way the Mueller probe never did is that they have laid brick on top of brick on top of brick," Wallace explained.

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Room erupts in laughter as Democrat Peter Welch destroys Jim Jordan during impeachment hearing

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There was a moment of levity four-hours into the first televised hearing in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the bombastic Freedom Caucus member who was added to the committee at the last moment by Republicans, had argued that the White House whistleblower started the scandal.

"There’s one witness, one witness that they won’t bring in front of us, they won’t bring in front of the American people, and that’s the guy who started it all, the whistleblower," Jordan argued.

Unfortunately for the wrestling coach turned politician, Jordan was followed by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe succinctly debunks Jim Jordan’s defense of Trump

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe debunked the key defense of President Donald Trump that was offered by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) during the first televised hearing in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan did not address the fact President Donald Trump solicited foreign election interference in violation of federal law, but attempted to debunk the additional charge that there was extortion/bribery.

The Ohio Republican argued that there could not have been a quid pro quo because the aid was eventually released.

But Tribe, who has taught at Harvard Law for half a century and argued three dozen cases before the United States Supreme Court, fact-checked the congressman who never passed the bar exam.

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