Spike Lee will receive an honorary Oscar, reports USA Today. The award will be presented at the academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 14.
The honorary Oscar statuettes are given as a way to honor extraordinary lifetime achievement and exemplary contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service.
“The board is proud to recognize our honorees’ remarkable contributions,” said academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement on Thursday. “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’s Do the Right Thing, earned him a 1989 Oscar nomination for original screenplay, and several film pundits consider his lack of directing nomination for the film a major snub. Um…Malcolm X, anyone? When the Levees Broke?
He has definitely been subbed. At any rate, congrats!