Spike Lee Receives His First Best Director Oscar Nomination

Spike Lee Receives His First Best Director Oscar Nomination

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

Legendary director Spike Lee has finally received an Oscar nomination.  His first nomination in a directing category and his fifth overall, he was previously nominated for his original screenplay for "Do the Right Thing" (1989) and for the documentary feature "4 Little Girls" (1997). Lee was the recipient of an Honorary Award in 2015.

The "BlacKkKlansman" director will battle it out for the golden statue alongside  "Roma" director Alfonso Cuarón who won Oscars in the Directing and Film Editing categories for "Gravity," and "Vice" director Adam McKay at the 91st Oscars which will be held on Sunday, February 24 at the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

"BlacKkKlansman" also earned Adam Driver (Flip Zimmerman in "BlacKkKlansman") his first nomination for a Best Supporting Actor and a nod for Achievement in film editing, Adapted Screenplay and Original score.

Other Oscar nominees include Mahershala Ali (Dr. Donald Shirley in "Green Book") who earned his second nomination in this category. He won an Oscar in 2016 for his performance in "Moonlight," and Regina King who scored her first nomination for her role as Sharon Rivers in "If Beale Street Could Talk."

"Black Panther” which has received nominations from the producers and writers guilds, a noteworthy SAG-AFTRA ensemble bid, a drama best picture notice at the Golden Globes is also in the running for Best Film and the movie's designer Ruth Carter was given a nod also for Achievement in costume design.

Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross announced the 91st Oscars nominations today live from the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills.
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Ruth Carter pictured left with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler