Shelton Jackson Lee, popularly known by the name Spike Lee is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. He has appeared in numerous films He has produced and directed. He made his directorial debut with She’s Gotta Have It in 1986. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has already produced over 35 films since 1983. He has examined race relations, colorism in the black community in his films. He has garnered numerous accolades for his work in the film industry including an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Emmy Awards, and Student Academy Award. He has also received an Academy Honorary Award, an Honorary BAFTA Award, an Honorary Cesar, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.
Director Spike Lee got furious when ‘Green Book’ won the best picture at 91st Academy Awards
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Spike Lee, director, producer, and writer made headlines when he stormed out of the Dolby Theater after it was announced that ‘Green Book’ won the Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards on Monday.
The 61-years old veteran director was up for two nominations, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman and won one for the Best Adapted Screenplay.
Shortly after “Green Book” was announced the winner for Best Picture, the director walked towards the back of the auditorium in furious, where he was stopped at the doors and he eventually returned back to his seat. He called that the ‘Green Book’ winning the Best Picture was a wrong call made.
What was Spike Lee famous for?
Recipient of an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Emmy Awards, and Student Academy Award. He has also received an Academy Honorary Award, an Honorary BAFTA Award, an Honorary Cesar, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.
Who are Spike Lee’s parents?
Spike Lee was born on 20 March 1957. His birth name is Shelton Jackson Lee. He was born to a father, William James Edward Lee III, and a mother, Jacqueline Carroll. His birthplace is in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. He holds American nationality. He has three younger siblings. His zodiac sign in Pisces. He has a sister, Joie, and two brothers, Cinque, and David. He was a child when his family moved to Brooklyn, New York.
He attended John Dewey High School. He enrolled in Morehouse College, a historically black college. He graduated with a B.A. in mass communication from Morehouse College. He also took film courses at Clark Atlanta University. He later did graduate work at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Masters of Fine Arts in film & television.
As a professor, he taught a course at Harvard about filmmaking in 1991.
In 1993, he started teaching at New York University’s Tisch School of the Fine Arts in the Graduate Film Program.
He was appointed an artistic director at Tisch School of the Arts in 2002.
He is now a tenured professor at New York University.
What was Spike Lees first movie?
His independent film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, was the first student film to be showcased in Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Film Festival.
He made his directorial debut in a feature film, She’s Gotta Have in 1985. He made the film with a budget of $175000 and was shot in two weeks.
The film was released in 1986 which grossed over $7,000,000 at the U.S. box office.
His 1989 film, Do the Right Thing was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1989.
In 1990, he was accused of antisemitism by the Anti-Defanatuib League and several film critics after the release of Mo’ Better Blues.
He denied the charge stating that
he wrote the characters of the club owners in order to depict how black artists struggled against exploitation. He also said he could not make an antisemitic film because Jews run Hollywood.
He has worked in other films and television series including, School Daze, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Girl 6, Get on the Bus, He Got Game, Summer of Sam, The Original Kings of Comedy, Bamboozled, 25th Hour, She Hate Me, Sucker Free City, Inside man, When the Levees Broke, Miracle at St. Anna, If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise, Red Hook Summer, Oldboy, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Chi-Raq, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall, and She’s Gotta Have It.
He made a documentary, 4 Little Girls about the children killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama. His documentary was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary.
The 50th San Francisco International Film Festival honored Spike Lee with the San Francisco Film Society’s Directing Award in May 2007.
He was awarded the Wexner Prize in 2008.
He won one of the richest prizes in the American arts worth $300,000, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2013.
He received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2015 for his contribution to film.
He wrote, produced, and directed the MyCareer story mode in the video game NBA 2K16.
His 2018 drama thriller film, BlacKkKlansman, won the Grand Prix at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He received two Academy Award nominations for the film and won one in the category Best Adapted Screenplay.
Who is Spike Lee’s wife?
Spike Lee is a married man. He is married to attorney Tonya Lewis. They met in 1992 and tied a knot to each other in New York. The couple has two children, a daughter, Satchel, born in 1994, and a son, Jackson, born in 1997.
He currently lives in Manhattan, New York City in the United States and his office is located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
What’s Spike Lee net worth?
Working in the entertainment industry is his main source of income. He has directed and produced numerous film and has appeared in several of his films. Besides film and television series, he has also directed numerous television commercials. He began producing a series of TV commercials for their 501 button-fly jeans in the mid-1990. He also worked with Air Jordan line. He has directed commercials for Converse, Jaguar, Taco Bell, and Ben & Jerry’s. As of 2019, his net worth is estimated at around $40 million.
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