The 61-year-old filmmaker was seen trying to storm out of Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre on Sunday (Jan 24) when it was revealed the musical comedy-drama - which is about the true story of pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and his driver Tony 'Lip' Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) on a concert tour in the Deep South - had taken the evening's most coveted award and he admitted he was unhappy that his film 'BlacKkKlansman' lost out at the honour.
Referring to 1989 Best Picture winner 'Driving Miss Daisy', Spike - whose 'Do The Right Thing' missed out on a nomination that year - held a glass of champagne aloft backstage and told reporters: "This is my sixth glass and you know why. I'm snake-bit. Every time someone is driving somebody I lose. But in '89 I didn't get nominated, so.
"I thought I was courtside at the Garden and the ref made a bad call."
However, Spike - who took home the Best Adapted Screenplay honour for the movie - praised the Academy's new leadership as he feels they helped him secure his first ever nominations this year.