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Film academy celebrates Hollywood iconoclast Spike Lee
Film academy celebrates Hollywood iconoclast Spike Lee

The American cinematic landscape would be a lot more boring without Spike Lee, who's made a career of stirring things up. Over the last three decades, the 57-year-old African American filmmaker has never played it safe with his often controversial social-political dramas, comedies, musicals and historical documentaries that shine an unvarnished spotlight on race relations, relationships and class struggles. Along the way he's received two Oscar nominations and influenced and inspired a generation of young black filmmakers. Several of his films are part of the cultural lexicon, most notably "Do the Right Thing," which came out 25 years ago. The vibrantly directed comedy-drama, set on a...

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