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Spike Lee sharply criticized former President Donald Trump and his historic legacy during a grim speech Sunday at the 86th annual New York Film Critics Awards.

Lee, 63, was not in the mood to celebrate during his speech at the award ceremony presented by Martin Scorsese on the show for virtual awards.

The director of “Da 5 Bloods” filmed the reception on January 6, “a very sad day in American history,” when pro-Trump rebels stormed the U.S. Capitol building.

“You know what, we live in a very serious time in America. All of us as true Americans need to really think about what’s important,” Lee said. “There’s no way you can go before the iPhone and thank you without telling you what’s in my heart and soul as a descendant of the slaves who helped build this country.”

“The whole world is laughing at the United States, the so-called cradle of democracy,” he added.

“We’re at a crossroads now. And everyone, please be safe, this is not a game. These people have weapons with ammunition,” Lee said. “This president, President Agent Orange, will go down in history with people like Hitler. These boys, all his boys, are going the wrong way.”

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Lee, a frequent critic of Trump, then thanked him for the award for his short film from the New York-New York pandemic era.

The late actor Chadwick Bozeman was awarded the Best Supporting Actor award for Lee’s drama “Da 5 Bloods”. Boseman’s widow, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award on behalf of her late husband.

“He would thank God in the first place, his mother and his father,” she said. “Chad was a New York actor. He knew the New York bustle. So he was very embarrassed when he got to Hollywood because he was at war in New York.”

Da 5 Bloods star Norm Lewis presented the award to Bozeman, who died in August 2020, saying: “He will forever be remembered for his flexibility and great talent.”

Delroy Lindo took on Best Actor for his role as Vietnam’s conflict veteran Paul in “Da 5 Bloods,” which was played by his Crooklin counterpart Alfre Udard.

“He leads us right to Paul’s tortured heart,” Udard said. “Delroy, you gave young actors and experienced actors a pattern in Paul. Here’s how you handle it.”

Lindo praised his director Lee. “Anyone who has followed Spike’s work over the past 35 years knows that he has inspired not only generations of directors, but moviegoers around the world.”

Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, the 24-year-old star of “Borat Follow-up Film”, received the award for best actress, saying that the award is an inspiration for Bulgarian actors that “such things can happen.”

Francis McDormand presented the award for best director to his nomadic director, Chloe Zhao, saying “she is the one she deserves most.” Zhao said that at New York University, she “learned how to take my first steps as a director.”

Best Film went to First Cow, presented by Parasite director Bong Joon Ho, who said he was “often revered” by director Kelly Reichard, calling the film a “unique story” and “a story only Kelly can make.” “.

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