It’s about time the brilliant mind behind School Daze and Crooklyn gets the kudos he deserves. Spike Lee was presented an honorary Oscar by Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes and Samuel L. Jackson at the 7th annual Governors Awards ceremony this weekend.
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The Oscar statuette, which isn’t an ‘official Oscar, but rather, a recognition, is awarded ‘to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.’
Spike did not hold back, letting the industry know what’s up. He said:
‘We can talk, you know, yabba, yabba, yabba, but we need to have some serious discussion about diversity, and get some flave up in this!’
‘This industry is so far behind sports, it’s ridiculous,’ Mr. Lee continued. ‘It’s easier to be president of the United States as a black person than be head of a studio. Honest.’
This honor arrives right in time for Lee’s latest highly anticipated film, Chiraq, which has already received criticism for the trailer.
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