The Academy Awards or Oscar’s as many refer to them is an annual award ceremony that celebrates the finest and the best actors and films in entertainment. The Academy Award for film is what the Emmys are for TV, the Grammys for music, the ESPYs for sports and the Tony’s for Broadway. To be nominated (let alone win) is a major and prestigious accomplishment.
In 2016, during the 88th annual ceremony, famed and controversial director, Spike Lee will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Lee has an impressive career that spans over the course of two decades and has brought us some amazing films, that many of us now as adults still watch. To date, Spike Lee has starred in and directed over 50 films.
Of those 50 films, Spike Lee has directed, they have not only entertained us, but they have shaped a generation. With lessons in family, racism, love and more they are films of quality, that make us want to watch them over and over again, like it’s our first time watching it.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs said:
The board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions. 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.
Other African Americans’ that have won Academy Awards are Sidney Poitier for his role as Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field, Denzel Washington for his role as Alonzo Harris in Training Day, Halle Berry for her role as Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball and Forest Whitaker for his role as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland among others.
What are your thoughts on Spike Lee being the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award?
Check out the trailer to Do The Right Thing and all time favorite movie, directed by Spike Lee.
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