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Spike Lee was born Shelton Lee in 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from a proud and intelligent background. His father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a school teacher. His mother dubbed him Spike, due to his tough nature. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University. After graduating, he went to the Tisch School of Arts graduate film program. He made a controversial short, The Answer (1980), a reworking of D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) -- a ten-minute film. Lee went on to produce a 45-minute film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), which won a student academy award. Lee's next film, "The Messenger," in 1984, was somewhat biographical. In 1986, Spike Lee made the film, She's Gotta Have It (1986), a comedy about sexual relationships. The movie was made for 175,000 dollars, and made seven million

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Spike Lee

Born 1957-03-20 (61 years ago) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Height 168 centimeters.

Awards
Award Ceremony Year Awarded for
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing - Nonfiction Programming (When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts) 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Inside Man) 38th NAACP Image Awards 2007 Inside man
Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit - Documentary Filmmaking (When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts) 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Black Movie Award for The Ossie Davis Humanitarian (When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts) 2006 Black Movie Awards 2006 When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
Black Movie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing (Inside Man) 2006 Black Movie Awards 2006 Inside man
MTV Movie Silver Bucket of Excellence Award (Do the Right Thing) 2006 MTV Movie Awards 2006 Do the Right Thing
Honorary César 28th César Awards 2003
Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award Gotham Independent Film Awards 1992 1992
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director (Do the Right Thing) 1989 Do the Right Thing
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature (She's Gotta Have It) 2nd Independent Spirit Awards 1987 She's Gotta Have It
Nominated for awards
Award Ceremony Year Nominated for
Golden Bear (25th Hour) 2003 25th Hour
Black Reel Award for Best Director (25th Hour) 2003 25th Hour
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature (Love & Basketball) 16th Independent Spirit Awards 2001 Love & Basketball
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (4 Little Girls) 50th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 1998 4 Little Girls
Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature (4 Little Girls) 70th Academy Awards 1997 4 Little Girls
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (Do the Right Thing) 62nd Academy Awards 1989 Do the Right Thing
Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture (Do the Right Thing) 47th Golden Globe Awards 1989 Do the Right Thing
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama (Do the Right Thing) 47th Golden Globe Awards 1989 Do the Right Thing
Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture (Do the Right Thing) 47th Golden Globe Awards 1989 Do the Right Thing
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature (She's Gotta Have It) 2nd Independent Spirit Awards 1987 She's Gotta Have It
Relationships
Name From To Relationship type
Tonya Lewis Lee(Gifta: 1993-10-02–) 1993-10-02 Gifta
Children

Jackson Lee, Satchel Lee

Parents

Bill Lee, Jacquelyn Lee

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Spike Lee was born Shelton Lee in 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from a proud and intelligent background. His father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a school teacher. His mother dubbed him Spike, due to his tough nature. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University. After graduating, he went to the Tisch School of Arts graduate film program. He made a controversial short, The Answer (1980), a reworking of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) -- a ten-minute film. Lee went on to produce a 45-minute film Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983), which won a student academy award. Lee's next film, "The Messenger," in 1984, was somewhat biographical. In 1986, Spike Lee made the film, She's Gotta Have It (1986), a comedy about sexual relationships. The movie was made for 175,000 dollars, and made seven million. Since then, Lee has become a well-known, intelligent, and talented film maker. His next movie was School Daze (1988), which was set in a historically black school and focused mostly on the conflict between the school and the Fraternities, of which he was a strong critic, portraying them as materialistic, irresponsible, and uncaring. Lee went on to do his landmark film, Do the Right Thing (1989), a movie specifically about his own town in Brooklyn, New York. The movie portrayed a neighborhood on a very hot day, and the racial tensions that emerge. The movie garnered an Oscar nomination, for Danny Aiello, for supporting actor. It also sparked a debate on racial relations. Lee went on to produce the jazz biopic Mo' Better Blues (1990) which showed his talent for directing and acting, and was the first of many Spike Lee films to feature Denzel Washington. His next film, Jungle Fever (1991), was about interracial dating. Lee's handling of the subject proved yet again highly controversial. Lee's next film was the self-titled biography of Malcolm X (1992), which had Denzel Washington portraying the civil rights leader. The movie was a success, and resulted in an Oscar nomination for Washington. His next films were the comparatively light, Crooklyn (1994), and the intense crime drama, Clockers (1995). In 1996, Lee directed two movies: the badly received comedy, Girl 6 (1996), and the politically pointed, Get on the Bus (1996), about a group of men going to the Million Man March. His next film, He Got Game (1998), proved to be another excursion into the collegiate world as he shows the darker side of recruiting college athletes. The movie, in limited release, yet again featured Denzel Washington. In 2000 came Bamboozled which made a mockery out of television and the way African-Americans are perceived by white America and the way African-Americans perceive themselves. The movie, however, was a resounding critical success. Lee also has produced films like New Jersey Drive (1995), Tales from the Hood (1995), and Drop Squad (1994). He also has produced and or directed movies about Huey P. Newton, Jim Brown, and has commented in many documentaries about varied subjects. With pointed political messages, insightful, different and intelligent films, Spike Lee has become a well known political presence. He looks likely to have further success in the film business. Lee is an obsessive New York Knicks fan. He and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, have two children.

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