There was the uproar of applause, but it was mixed with what sounded like a gasp.
Multiple sources also reported that Lee, visibly distraught, walked to the back of the Dolby Theatre in order to leave, returning to his seat only after the speeches were over.
They also said no one from the film reached out to them during production, that Shirley was not estranged from his family or the black community, as portrayed in the film, and that the movie inflates the relationship between Shirley and Vallelonga. "You know I had to get that in there".
But Lee's mood appeared to turn sharply when the trophy for best movie went to competitor "Green Book". He joked, "The ref made the wrong call". ( Driving Miss Daisy won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989, the same year Do the Right Thing would have been eligible.) Plenty of others have weighed in online.
"I have worked hard for a long time and it's not about winning, it's about not giving up", said a tearful Gaga. "But they changed the seating arrangement".
The biggest takeaway from this year's slate of Best Picture nominees is how well the big studios fared, with Disney-Marvel Studios ("Black Panther"), 20th Century Fox ("Bohemian Rhapsody"), Universal Pictures ("Green Book"), and Warner Bros. "Thank you to the Academy, and thank you for honoring African royalty and the empowered way women can look and lead on screen".
"I personally was not allowed to speak to his family, per Don Shirley's wishes". He protected his private life, and all the other things about him, miraculous things about him. He's an awesome man. As befits tradition, the producers of the film, and its director Peter Farrelly, took to the stage to accept the award. "Why would you need to be white to enjoy a beautifully told story about moving past one´s bigotry?"
Also backstage, King noted the broad support she received for her performance, but said of Hollywood that "we're still trying to get more reflective".
The Green Book shocker is, perhaps, a fitting finale to what has been one of the Academy Awards' most troubled years, from the decision to go host-less after Kevin Hart stepped down over controversial tweets to the ultimately reversed announcement that four Oscars would be presented during commercial breaks.
"I can bear witness that the portrait of that time and place in our history is very real", Lewis said of Green Book's depiction of racism in the Jim Crow south.