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? Is he still being snubbed by not getting the support for a Inside Man sequel? Tell us what you think!

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  • Penny

    I know I will get raked over the coals for this, but I gotta say it. Spike Lee is justified in being angry about plenty of things, but one would think that by now, he’d know how to handle it a lot better. He’s a grown-ass man, he knows how the game is played. Also, I have seen every single one of Spike Lee’s movies that were released into theaters going all the way back to She’s Gotta Have It and I hate to say it, but he’s just not that great of a filmmaker. I don’t think his films are horrible, but I just don’t think they are that great. It was fun and interesting to see something that was nothing like anything else that was being put out at any given time, but his work (IMO) is preachy, sloppy and trite. His films definitely make a statement and the cinematography is artistic (though predictable – there are certain camera moves that he always does…*SIGH*), but I wish he wouldn’t always attempt to force a particular message down the audience’s throat with all the dialogue or other unnecessary modes of communication. We don’t need to see weird out-of-place song/dance numbers about the color complex…we get it! We live it! And even if we don’t, we are capable of appreciating more subtle, yet still unexpected ways of presenting the issue. We don’t need to hear long, drawn out conversations about certain issues – present it to us in more subtle, creative ways. (He hasn’t quite yet mastered the concept of “less is more.”) I would always leave his movies feeling a little shortchanged…but feeling like I was given a little too much of what I didn’t want or need. Yet, I would always support him and I will continue to do so, because I admire what he attempts to do. LOL.

    I did love 4 Little Girls, but that was a documentary. (Maybe he should do more documentaries?) I thought he did a better than usual job on Get on the Bus.

    Still, I wonder how quickly he would change his tune if he were to make a great film and actually receive an Oscar. LOL.

  • Spike Lee shouldn’t be upset about the 1989 snub. He should be upset about the 1993 snub of Malcolm X! The film wasn’t nominated and he wasn’t nominated for best director.

    And if there was a deserving film that was snubbed at the ’89 Oscars, it was definitely Glory.

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  • jane smith

    Wow ! I didnt realize the SUPER RACIST spike lee directed Inside Man. I loved that movie. Wont be watching that sh#t ever again ! FU spike lee !!

  • echo sierra

    Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman got his SECOND Oscar nomination in Driving Miss Daisy. Of course Mr. Freeman has 5 nominations with 1 win. And not an honorary one, either. One thing you should ask yourself is which of the new young actors has anywhere near the talent and presence of someone like Morgan Freeman.