But while giving his sentimental acceptance speech, Lee wasn’t wearing a traditional pair of well-heeled dress shoes, he was decked out in a customized pair of gilded, Nike Air Jordan sneakers.
Oscar winner Spike Lee shines bright in a customized pair of golden, Nike 'Air Jordan' sneakers at the 91st annual Academy Awards. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Oscar winner Spike Lee's logo-emblazoned, Nike 'Air Jordan' sneakers worn at the 91st annual Academy Awards. (Instagram.com/OfficialSpikeLee)
Of the iconic ‘40 Acres and a Mule’ logo-emblazoned kicks, Lee says, “BOOMSHACKALACKA!”
Borrowing from his own film archive, Lee’s Instagram quote was taken from a late 1980’s Nike Air Jordan commercial where he starred alongside Michael Jordan, as his famous character Mars Blackmon (from She’s Gotta Have It). Quizzical about how Jordan achieves his monumental basketball feats in the commercial, Lee continually says, “It’s gotta be the shoes.”
As for Lee’s epic, Oscar win– a part of his victory was indeed, about the shoes.