Legendary director Spike Lee is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America at their 2022 awards ceremony. 

Spike Lee has a long and distinguished career in the film industry, having directed 24 feature films (and additional shorts and documentaries) since 1983. Among them are Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, and Da Five Bloods. Now, Lee’s incredible contributions to cinema are being recognised by the Directors Guild of America, who will present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this years’ DGA Awards.

Variety reports that the award is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon a director by the guild, and DGA President Lesli Linka Glatter sounds more than happy to be presenting it to Spike Lee. “Icon. Trailblazer. Visionary. Spike Lee has changed the face of cinema, and there is no single word that encapsulates his significance to the craft of directing”, Glatter said in a statement.

The BlacKkKlansman director joins a group of just 35 other directors to have received the award since the DGA was founded in 1936. All of them are renowned and talented people. Included among them are Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, and Steven Spielberg. The most recent recipient of the award is Ridley Scott, who received it in 2017.

Nominations for the 2022 DGA Awards are expected to be announced later this month. The nominees for outstanding directorial achievement in feature film will be announced on 27th January, and it’s a category to keep an eye on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the winner of the award is almost certain to win Best Director, and possibly Best Picture, at the Academy Awards as well.

At the moment, Lee is working on a feature film adaptation of graphic novel Prince Of Cats. It’s a modern re-telling of Romeo And Juliet, set in 1980s New York and told from the perspective of Tybalt. LaKeith Stanfield was originally cast in the lead role, but seems to no longer be attached to the project.

Lee will be presented with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award at their awards ceremony on 12th March.

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