Spike Lee finally receives an Oscar statuette

Despite making box office successes such as “Jungle Fever, “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man.” Lee has never received an Oscar.

Honoree Spike Lee attends the 46th NAACP Image Awards.

Lee’s film “Do the Right Thing” may have lost out to an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1989, but the director, who is known for classics like  “Malcolm X” and “Jungle Fever” will receive an honorary award from the Academy.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given to honor exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences and will be presented to Lee at the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

Lee, a champion of independent film made an auspicious debut with his NYU thesis film, “Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads,” which won a Student Academy Award in 1983.  He then proceeded to blaze a distinctive trail with such features as “She’s Gotta Have It,” “School Daze” and “Do the Right Thing.” His work as a director ranges from the Oscar-nominated documentary feature “4 Little Girls” to such mainstream successes as “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man.”

Lee’s other feature credits include “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Jungle Fever,” “Crooklyn,” “He Got Game,” “25th Hour,” “Miracle at St. Anna” and “Red Hook Summer.” Lee has produced several films, most recently the Spanish film “Manos Sucias”  about drug trafficking up the Pacific coast of Colombia.

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