It’s been over 20 years since Spike Lee released his iconic film Do The Right Thing. Though many regard it as one of the most influential films of its time, the film was snubbed at the 1989 Oscars, being passed over for the Best Picture Nomination. And while all that is in the past, Spike is just as mad about the snub today as he was years ago.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spike shared his thoughts on why Oscars are no longer relevant while speaking to Charlie Rose at the PromaxBDA conference.
“In 1989, Do the Right Thing was not even nominated [for best picture]. What film won best picture in 1989? Driving Miss Mother F—ing Daisy! That’s why [Oscars] don’t matter. Because 20 years later, who’s watching Driving Miss Daisy?….There are many times in history where the best work does not get awarded,” he said. “And I’m not even talking about my own work. So that’s why [the Oscars] don’t matter.”
Spike says he would be happy to do more commercial films. Despite getting Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster on board for a possible Inside Man II, Spike says he isn’t feeling the love from the movie industry’s money men.
“I haven’t made a feature film in three years….Inside Man was my most successful film. But we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.”
So would Spike ever appear in other films? The director told Rose acting is not for him saying:
“I don’t like acting; not in front of the camera. The only reason I was in She’s Gotta Have It is because we couldn’t afford anybody else. ….The reason why actors are f—ed up; can you imagine having a job where someone is, ‘No, no, no. Your butt’s too big. Your heads to big. You’re too skinny. Your nose is too big?’”
What do you think about Spike’s comments on Hollywood and the Oscars?