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Spike Lee becomes first black Cannes jury head

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Spike Lee becomes first black Cannes jury head

Spike Lee has made history by becoming the first black filmmaker to preside over the Cannes film festival jury.


‘The Malcolm X’ and ‘Do the Right Thing director’ said he was “shocked, happy, surprised and proud”.

Lee has premiered seven films at the festival, with his 2018 movie ‘BlacKkKlansman’ receiving wide acclaim.

His appointment follows criticism of the Oscars nominations for ignoring actors and directors of colour.

Nineteen of the 20 acting nominees this year are white - the highest number since the #OscarsSoWhite protests of 2015 and 2016, of which Lee was a vocal supporter. He refused to the attend 2016 Oscars ceremony, prompting some other filmmakers and actors to follow.

In response to his Cannes role, the 62-year-old said in a statement that his “biggest blessings...

have happened out of nowhere”.

“I’m honoured to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named president of the Cannes jury and of a main film festival.

“To me, the Cannes film festival (besides being the most important film festival in the world - no disrespect to anybody) has had a great impact on my film career.

Lee will also be awarded an honorary Palme d’Or for lifetime achievement.

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