Spike Lee will finally be recognized by the Academy. The accomplished filmmaker will receive an honorary Oscar at the Academy Award’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14.
The awards are given in honor of extraordinary lifetime achievement and contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, and for outstanding service.
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement Thursday, “The board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contribution. We’ll be celebrating their achievements with the knowledge that the work they have accomplished – with passion, dedication and a desire to make a positive difference – will also enrich future generations.”
Lee’s earned an Oscar nomination1989 for his acclaimed film Do The Right Thing. But was snubbed for his films Malcolm X, Mo’ Betta Blues and When the Levees Broke. Though Lee has been lauded for as a filmmaker by black moviegoers and film critics for decades, he has not yet been recognized for his ability by the Academy of Motion Pictures.
We suspect the Academy is trying to save face amid accusations of racial bias. Oscars came under scrutiny last year for being “the whitest Oscars since 1998.”
Also, the 25 year anniversary of Spike Lee’s classic Do The Right Thing film got so much mainstream media attention and acclaim this year, the Oscar’s snub of the film was getting a lot of attention.
So Lee will finally get his Oscar statuette. Maybe he will accept is as an “honorary” apology from the Academy for it’s racism.