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Director’s snub for 1989 film about racial tension in Brooklyn is considered by some to be one of the most glaring in Academy history
Spike Lee, the American director whose 1989 film Do the Right Thing was famously snubbed by the Us Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more than a quarter of a century ago, is to receive an honorary Oscar for his contributions to film-making.
Lee joins fellow honoree Gena Rowlands, known for her 1960s, 70s and 80s films with director husband Nick Cassavetes, who has twice been nominated for the Academy award for best actress but each time failed to take home the prize. Both will receive their statuettes at the Academy’s annual governors awards on 14 November at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.
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- Ben Child
The nominations for the upcoming 88th Academy Awards ceremony won’t be revealed until January but yesterday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences officially announced their honorary award winners with director Spike Lee being one of the big names on the list.
The honorary awards – which will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governor’s Awards on November 14 – are given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service…”
What’s interesting about this one is that the Do The Right Thing director has openly criticised the Academy in the past claiming that “[Oscars] don’t matter” after being snubbed for Best Picture in 1989 in favour of Driving Miss Daisy. Lee’s debut feature won the Student Academy Award back in 1983 and Do The Right Thing earned him a Best Original Screenplay nomination but »
- Gavin Logan
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds.
All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.
“The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “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, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won »
- Michelle McCue
It may come as a surprise to some that Spike Lee, despite a 30-year-long career as a filmmaker, and over 20 feature films, has never won an Academy Award (unless you count the Student Academy Award he received in 1983 for his Nyu thesis film, "Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads). Since then, he's been nominated twice: in 1990, for Best Screenplay, for "Do the Right Thing" (also Danny Aiello was nominated for Best Supporting Actor); and in 1998 for Best Documentary, for "4 Little Girls." That's it! And he didn't win either one, despite arguments that can be (and have been) made for a small handful of other films he wrote and directed that »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay tribute to these three influential cinema icons by giving them Academy Honorary Awards later this year.
A ceremony will be held in their honour at Hollywood's Grand Ballroom as part of the seventh annual Governors Awards on November 14.
Filmmaker Lee has received two Oscar nominations in the past, for Best Original Screenplay in 1990 for Do the Right Thing and Best Documentary in 1998 for 4 Little Girls.
Reynolds became one of the enduring stars of »
With two Oscar nominations under his belt (Best Original Screenplay for "Do The Right Thing" and Best Documentary Feature for "4 Little Girls"), plus a career that's still moving at a steady clip, it seems a little strange that 58 year-old Spike Lee will be getting an Honorary Oscar. Usually reserved for cinematic artists whose spotlight has faded a bit or whom the Academy has previously overlooked, an award as such will be handed to Lee and a couple of other legends. Read More: "F*ck 'Em": Spike Lee Reacts To Oscar Snubs for 'Selma' Gena Rowlands (a two-time Best Actress nominee for "Gloria" and "A Woman Under The Influence") and Debbie Reynolds (a best Actress nominee for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown") will join Lee at the Governors Awards, where they will be toasted with their honorary Oscars, with the latter receiving Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts. There's no doubt this trio are. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 25) to present Honorary Awards to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Debbie Reynolds. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®. “The Board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions at this year’s Governors Awards,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “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, a champion of independent film and an inspiration to young filmmakers, made an auspicious debut with his Nyu thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award® in »
Throughout a very prolific and sometimes uneven career as an incredibly notable genre filmmaker, Wes Craven’s aesthetic often grapples with issues of revenge and adolescence, having given birth to the iconic The Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, both series exploring notions of metatextual reinvention. Cutting his teeth with grindhouse horror titles that have since been re-made, many of his more obscure offerings have languished in the critical realm of inconsequential desolation. But it’s his 1991 offering The People Under the Stairs which is worthy of reappraisal, arguably the filmmaker’s best and most bizarre work. Campy, hysterical, creepy, and replete with a socially conscious message, it’s an early 90s cult classic that retains its power to delight and weird out.
Poindexter, aka Fool (Brandon Quintin Adams) as his older tarot card toting sister Ruby (Kelly Jo Minter) calls him, has just learned they’re behind on rent three days. »
- Nicholas Bell
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BBC Culture has this week unveiled a new list of the top 100 American films, as voted for by a pool of international film critics from across the globe. The format of the poll was that any film that would make the list had to have recieved funding from a Us source, and the directors of the films did not need to be from the USA, nor did the films voted for need to be filmed in the Us.
Critics were asked to submit their top 10 lists, which would try to find the top 100 American films that while “not necessarily the most important, but the greatest on an emotional level”. The list, as you may have guessed, is very different to the lists curated by say the BFI or AFI over the years, so there are certainly a few surprises on here, with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave (2013), Terrence Malick »
- Scott J. Davis
First off, let's make one thing clear. We're not scratching our heads at Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" making the BBC's 100 greatest American films. That movie, of which an image accompanies this post, not only made the list, but ranked appropriately at no. 25. It's the rest of the selections that have us scratching and, yes, shaking our heads in disbelief. A wonderful page view driver, these sorts of lists make great fodder for passionate movie fans no matter what their age or part of the world they hail from. There is nothing more entertaining than watching two critics from opposite ends of the globe try to debate whether "The Dark Knight" should have been nominated for best picture or make a list like this. Even in this age of short form content where Vines, Shapchats and Instagram videos have captured viewers attention, movies will continue to inspire because »
- Gregory Ellwood
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Every now and then a major publication or news organisation comes up with a top fifty or one hundred films of all time list - a list which always stirs up debate, discussion and often interesting arguments about the justifications of the list's inclusions, ordering and notable exclusions.
Today it's the turn of BBC Culture who consulted sixty-two international film critics including print reviews, bloggers, broadcasters and film academics to come up with what they consider the one-hundred greatest American films of all time. To qualify, the film had to be made by a U.S. studio or mostly funded by American money.
Usually when a list of this type is done it is by institutes or publications within the United States asking American critics their favourites. This time it's non-American critics born outside the culture what they think are the best representations of that culture. Specifically they were asked »
- Garth Franklin
The film stars Parker Sawyers, best known for Hyde Park on Hudson, Zero Dark Thirty and Austenland, as the future Us president. Get On Up and Ride Along’s Tika Sumpter plays his future wife, then a young lawyer called Michelle Robinson.
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- Ben Child
Barack and Michelle Obama have a love story made for Hollywood, which is probably why their first date in 1989, on which they saw a screening of Do the Right Thing, is the focus of a new biopic. Richard Tann's Southside With You, a Before Sunset–inspired romance, will attempt to re-create that memorable night. Parker Sawyers plays Barack, and Tika Sumpter, who recently spoke to Vulture about the film, is Michelle. Here's your first look at their version of the Obamas, color-coordinated outfits and all. »
- Dee Lockett
The first photos from the production show Sawyers and Sumpter in character as the young couple.
- Dave McNary
Im Global has released the first images from its film depicting the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama, “Southside With You.” The film covers the First Couple’s first night out in 1989 when a young associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) one summer day. They went to the Art Institute of Chicago, then a screening of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and finally to an ice cream parlor, where they shared their first kiss. Also Read: HBO 'Vice' to Feature Obama's Historic Presidential Visit to Federal Prison Richard Tanne »
- Joe Otterson
The first photos of the movie about Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, Southside With You, have surfaced online. Parker Sawyers is playing Obama, then a young associate, with Tika Sumpter playing his future wife, lawyer Michelle Robinson, in the romantic dramedy inspired by the president and first lady's first date to see Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing in 1989. The date, on a summer afternoon and evening, also included a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago and the couple's first kiss, outside of an ice cream parlor. The Obamas talked about their first date in an interview
- Hilary Lewis
As the kids never used to say: it’s all gone a bit Pete Tong. Dance music culture is at least 30 years old, and yet there has barely been a piece of cinema that has meaningfully portrayed the last great revolutionary musical movement. Tong himself asked, in a recent Billboard editorial, why in the age of Edm – the catch-all term under which “electronic dance music” finally stormed the Us mainstream – the genre hadn’t had its big-screen coronation. “Where’s our Saturday Night Fever? Where’s our Empire? Where’s our Do the Right Thing or Hustle & Flow?”
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- Phil Hoad
Considered by many to be Spike Lee‘s masterpiece, "Do the Right Thing" opened on this day, June 30th, 1989. I likely wouldn't have remembered if Spike Lee himself hadn't tweeted about it this morning, reminding us all. It's been a long 26 years. How fast time flies... In celebration, I'm sharing this, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly and "Good Morning America," who revisited the film ahead of its 25th anniversary last year, with key cast and crew, including director Lee, Rosie Perez, Ruby Dee, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, and more. They all met in the same neighborhood where the film was shot in the summer of 1988, for this trip down »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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