Spike Lee is up for yet another Academy Award this year. Actually, he’s up for three. The infamous director will be up for three Oscars thanks to his impeccable work on the biographical dramedy, BlacKkKlansman. Lee is in the running for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Achievement in Directing. With shining reviews at his back, it would come as no surprise if he finally walked away with a shiny gold Oscar at the end of the ceremony!
When was Spike Lee’s directing debut?
Lee started directing back in 1979 when he put out the short, Last Hustle in Brooklyn. After a string of shorts and other projects, the young director put out She’s Gotta Have It in 1986.The film chronicles the life of a woman and her trio of lovers. The comical romance netted him a Cannes Film Festival Award, a Film Independent Spirit Award, and a New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
The film even served as the basis for a Netflix original series decades later. If that doesn’t speak to the success of the film, what does? With a 39+ years career, Lee has more than just a roster of amazing films to his name, he also has a pretty nifty net worth.
What films is Spike Lee’s best known for?
Lee has put out some masterpieces from the director’s chair. Outside of She’s Gotta Have It, Lee also made waves when he put out Do the Right Thing in 1989, Malcolm X in 1992, and of course BlacKkKlansman in 2018. Do The Right Thing gives viewers a peek into the streets of Bed Stuy during the hottest day of the year. The 1989 dramedy was nominated for two Oscars and ended up taking home 18 awards.
Malcolm X is a historical piece shrouded in drama. The film follows the controversial and influential Nationalist leader from his life as a young gangster as he transforms to a contributing member to the Nation of Islam. Malcolm X was also nominated for two Oscars and ultimately landed 18 awards.
BlacKkKlansman, Lee’s most recent contribution to controversial cinema, has already received 165 nominations and 33 wins. It’s also up for a resounding 5 Oscars total.
Spike Lee’s highest grossing films
Lee’s top-grossing film is Inside Man which came out March 3, 2006. The film featuring the forever sexy Denzel Washington and super talented Clive Owen, follows a high-stakes negotiation between a detective, bank robber, and broker after a heist spirals out of control. The film brought in a whopping $88.5 million domestically, $28.9 million of that was during its opening weekend! It even climbed to the No.1 spot! Fans of original can look forward to a sequel which began filming late last year.
BlacKkKlansman is second highest with about $48.7 million domestically, $10.9 million of that flowed in during opening weekend. It topped at the No.5 spot. Malcolm X rounds at the top three list with about $48.2 million, $9.9 million from its opening weekend. The biographical film made it to the No. 3 spot. Looking at Lee’s highest grossing films it’s clear that fans were extremely excited about Inside Man in comparison to his other films.
How old is Spike Lee?
Lee has been around the Hollywood scene long enough to build his own fan club and amass a pretty amazing set of haters. Despite his controversial nature, the Oscar-nominated director has been churning out amazing films one after another landing him an impressive 80+ director credits. Lee was even voted the 48th Greatest Director of all time by Entertainment Weekly!
So how old is Lee? Born Shelton Jackson, Lee was brought into the world in 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia. That makes the beloved actor 61 years old. He will be turning 62 on March 20th of this year