#Spike Lee movies have been around for decades, and some people feel it is about time Lee gets the recognition he deserves. Lee, was surprise to learn the he was be presented with an honorary Oscar at the Academy’s seventh Governors Awards on November 14, 2015.
Lee, is an African-American film director, writer, actor and producer. He has produced many films under his company Acres and a Mule Filmworks. His movies examine race, racism, urban crime, poverty, and so much more. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and has three younger siblings. He was given the nickname Spike by his mother. He is a graduate of Morehouse with a BA degree in Mass Communication. He also did graduate work at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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Most people remember Spike Lee’s name from his big film “Do the Right Thing” in 1989. However, before that he also had several other movies that were well-known in the #Black community. The critics were concerned that the controversial motion picture “Do the Right Thing”, which took on numerous of topics would inflame passions. However, the movie started people to talking about the issues instead of reacting. The film was set in Brooklyn, New York on a hot sunny day, and one of the characters Raheem, walks around the neighborhood blasting the song “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy.
Lee, is probably the most famous black filmmaker in history of American cinema will receive the honorary Oscar at the Academy’s seventh Governor’s Awards on November 14. Also, at 58-years old, Lee is the youngest male tapped for an honorary Oscar—which is in itself a lifetime achievement award, the other went to 46-year-old makeup artist John Chambers in 1969 for “Planet of the Apes.”
“Lee’s long and complicated relationship with the Academy dates back 32 years. In 1983, he won a Student Academy Award for “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” his NYU thesis film, which helped to put him on the map. Just a few years later, his films “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), which premiered at Cannes and won the best first feature Indie Spirit Award, and “School Daze” (1988) made him a major player on the indie scene, and then came “Do the Right Thing.” (CNN)