While everyone is still talking about Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s chemistry days after the Oscars, I’m still fondly remembering the director-romance between Barbra Streisand and Spike Lee. When Streisand came out on the Oscar stage, many people probably wondered if she was there to do some kind of something about A Star Is Born, considering she was in the last version of it. But no: she did the Best Picture presentation for BlacKkKlansman, a film which she tweeted about throughout 2018. She saw it early and loved it. But did you know that she was the one to contact the Academy and ask if she could appear on the Oscars to honor the film? Isn’t that great? And did you also know that Spike and Babs cozied up together at the VF Oscar party and Spike basically treated her like a queen?
Spike Lee didn’t even try to hide it: He was upset that “Green Book” won best picture. As soon as Julia Roberts announced the Academy Award winner, Lee jumped from his seat and walked down the aisle toward the exit, gesticulating wildly and visibly angry.
But by the time he had made it to the Governors Ball after-party about an hour later, he had gotten a few glasses of champagne in him and seemed to be in higher spirits… Lee was whisked to a booth where Barbra Streisand was sitting, flanked by numerous security guards stationed to make sure no one took a photo of her unless she allowed with her explicit permission.
Lee and Streisand — the latter of whom apparently contacted the academy to request she introduce “BlacKkKlansman,” her favorite movie of the year — huddled close for about 20 minutes as he downed a glass of champagne and kissed her hand repeatedly. She admired his Love/Hate gold knuckle rings and asked to hold his Oscar for a joint photo.
I have no idea if all of this between Spike and Babs was just for show, but I suspect that there is probably a great deal of genuine affection between them. They’re both from Brooklyn, they’ve both been notably snubbed by the Academy Awards for their work as directors, they’ve both felt marginalized within the Hollywood community. Plus, they just seem to get a kick out of each other.
I was so happy for Spike Lee last night. pic.twitter.com/vcZm0dXM0q
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) February 25, 2019
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