The next sentence may be hard to believe. Spike Lee won his first ever Oscar in a competitive category tonight. The much-lauded filmmaker took home the statue for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work on BlacKkKlannsman and took the stage in a Prince homage of a get-up with Oscar gold Jordans. Continue reading Spike Lee Won His First Non-Honorary Oscar for ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Actor Bill Nunn, best known for his frequent collaborations with friend and directorSpike Lee, died on Saturday in his hometown of Pittsburgh after a battle with cancer, Nunn’s wife told The Associated Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was 62, according to his IMDB profile.
The first bars of “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are among the most iconic sounds in 20th century pop — that teasing entry beat, those half-whispered StarsWars-esque opening lyrics (“The force, it’s got a lot of power”) and that signature falsetto “Woooh!” that uncorks a whole mess of infectious funk from the horns and percussion. Spike Lee takes us back to the first time we heard that classic in Michael Jackson‘s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall, which continues the director’s admirable bid to reclaim the legacy of an innovative artist whose genius was often unfairly overshadowed in his later years by tabloid attention.
Last week Spike Lee faced additional criticism surrounding the Dec. 4 release of his film, “Chi-Raq.” Since the trailer’s release Tuesday critics have slammed the film for taking a comedicapproach to addressing Chicago’s gun violence problems, while others have stated that Lee “owes” the city an apology.