Spike Lee Teases “Bombshell” Colin Kaepernick Doc And Angela Bassett Predict Oscar Wins As He Accepts BFI Fellowship Award

Do the right thing Filmmaker Spike Lee received a standing ovation as he cruised onto the stage at London’s BFI Southbank to accept the BFI’s Fellowship Award on Monday evening.

Lee handed him the award people inside The leading man is Clive Owen, described by The New Yorker as a “true trailblazer” who will go down in history as “one of the most important directors of his generation.”

While accepting the award, Lee thanked his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, who was in the audience, as well as the artists he has collaborated with throughout his career, emphasizing that his decades-long career is the result of intense collaboration.

“I’ve said it in many interviews before: it’s not just me – there are many, many people, who you don’t see on this stage,” he said. “It takes a team effort. It takes a gang effort.”

Concluding his speech, Lee told the packed audience – which included a mix of passionate film fans and filmmakers like Edgar Wright – that when he shoots a film, he comes to the set every day and he feels a deep connection with his crew members.

“We all love each other, and we love what we’re doing. We all understand that most people in the world work at a job they hate for the rest of their lives, and we’re able to make a living doing what we love. That’s the best you can get. One of the biggest blessings,” he said.

The evening began with an on-stage conversation with British fashion designer Ozwald Boateng. The pair discussed Lee’s career at length, from his first student film, a 1977 documentary about life in New York City, to his work in films such as Malcolm X, Summer of Sam, And 25th hour.

Lee told Boateng that he still writes each of his scripts by hand because he hates to type, but he only uses purple ink. The filmmaker also wore a purple suit. Elsewhere during the conversation, Lee introduced clips from his films and discussed the process of working with stage scenes and actors.

During an introduction to the final scene of his 1992 epic Malcolm XLee also took a moment to highlight Angela Bassett’s work as Malcolm X’s wife Betty Shabazz in the biopic.

“He’s going to win an Academy Award. You hear it here first. She’s going to win,” Lee said of Bassett, who is nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar this year for her role as Ryan Coogler. black leopard The sequel Wakanda forever.

As part of his trip to London, Lee will also visit teams from the BFI National Archives, who have approached him about a new 35mm print. Malcolm Xfor the BFI’s inaugural film premiere at the Film Festival to be held at BFI Southbank in June.

As always, Lee also offered his views on various political and social issues in contemporary American life, including gun violence, which he said was partly the result of politicians who “pimp themselves up in the National Rifle Association.”

Lee also criticized the rising cost of living in his native New York City, which he said he described as “reverse immigration.”

“A lot of black people are going back to the South, and Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are going back to the island because they can’t afford the city,” he said.

He added: “New York City would be a very dull place without people of color.”

The Fellowship Award is the highest honor bestowed by the BFI and is handed out to celebrate artists who have made an “outstanding contribution to moving image culture”.

Previous recipients include Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker, Satyajit Ray, Tilda Swinton, David Lean, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger, Steve McQueen, Akira Kurosawa and Orson Welles.

Speaking to Deadline ahead of the event, Lee said he decided to accept the award and travel to London because the BFI is a “great institution” in the cinema community.

“They love cinema, and their mission is to spread the wonder of cinema. Just look at the previous list of honorees. That’s why I’m here,” Lee said.

Lee added that he believes his greatest contribution to cinema is his work as a professor at the NYU Graduate Film School.

“I love teaching. I’ve been doing this for 30 years. Now I am a tenured professor. I am also the artistic director of the NYU Film School, which I consider to be the best film school on this god’s earth, no disrespect to any other school, especially USC and AFI,” he said.

The filmmaker is currently wrapping up his EPSN-backed “Multi-Series Documentary” title The Colin Kaepernick StoryAbout the American civil rights activist and American football quarterback who has been banned by the National Football League since 2016, for kneeling before games.

The docuseries was first announced in July 2020 when Kaepernick signed an overall first-look deal with The Walt Disney Company through his Ra Vision Media.

“It’s been over a year,” Lee said of the film’s production. “But there are some bombs. I can tell you that.”

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