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Spike Lee on honorary Oscar: 'This came out of nowhere, but that's how blessings often come'

Spike Lee on honorary Oscar: 'This came out of nowhere, but that's how blessings often come'

Spike Lee was surprised to learn that he was being honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — a group he hadn't been afraid to criticize in the past for its lack of diversity. "This came out of nowhere, but that's how blessings often come," Lee said when reached by phone Thursday after the academy announced it would present him an honorary Governors Award. "I'm very happy and humbled." The academy will also present an honorary Oscar to veteran independent film actress Gena Rowlands and give the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to versatile entertainer Debbie Reynolds. All three awards are to be handed out at the...

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