So far, 2015 has been chock full of wins for Spike Lee. First, the “School Daze” filmmaker wrapped up shooting his forthcoming flick Chi-Raq, the first film to be released via Amazon Studios’ film division. Then one of his biggest films Do The Right Thing was commemorated 26 years later with it’s very own street in Brooklyn.
Now, as the icing on the cake, his long-spanning career will be acknowledged during this year’s Oscar festivities. Yesterday (Aug. 27), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Lee will receive an Honorary Award “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy” at their 7th Annual Governors Awards. In addition to Spike, Gena Rowlands will also receive and Honorary Award and Debbie Reynolds will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
“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.”
The Governors Awards will take place on Nov. 14 in Hollywood. Congrats on the honor, Spike!