Spike Lee, who’s in this year’s awards race with BlackKklansman, is set to receive the the Career Achievement Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival during its Awards Gala on January 3.
The outspoken filmmaker’s long career ranges from such 1980s fare as She’s Gotta Have It and Do the Right Thing through Malcom X, Get on the Bus and Summer of Sam to the more recent OldBoy, Inside Man and Chi-Raq. BlackKklansman stars John David Washington as Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, he bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
“Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights while creating an iconic body of film and television work over his 30-year career,” PSIFF Chairman Harold Matzner said. “In BlacKkKlansman, Lee directs one of his best and most provocative films. … It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Spike Lee.”
Next up for the filmmaker is directing Frederick Douglass NOW, a film adaptation of the one-man play by Lee’s frequent collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith.
Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight are hosting the PSIFF awards at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The 30th anniversary Palm Springs Internationa Film Festival runs January 3-14.
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