26 November 2011 00:04 | By Kim Linekin
Famous Oscar feuds

Spike Lee vs. Clint Eastwood

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For some reason Spike Lee thought he deserved to be nominated for Best Director for "Miracle at St. Anna" in 2009. Maybe the director's cut of that movie is good, but the version that was shown in theatres is snoozy as hell. That didn't stop Lee from claiming that it was his feud with Clint Eastwood that year that cost him Oscar votes. What was Lee upset with Eastwood about? There weren't any African-American soldiers in Eastwood's twin war movies, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima," both of which went on to receive oodles of Oscar attention. Lee probably had a fair point, and Eastwood might've addressed it instead of telling him to "shut his face" via The Guardian. Lee shot back to ABCNEWS.com that "the man is not my father and we're not on a plantation either." Like many of Lee's films, the comment is incendiary without actually making sense.