Jason Blum, the CEO of Blumhouse Productions, believes the time has come for Spike Lee.
Blum, who’s company is typically tied to the horror genre with films like Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Halloween, produced Lee’s BlacKkKlansman and believes it is time for Lee to be honored for his work at the Academy Awards. Blum had this to say regarding Lee:
“Spike doesn’t really talk about this but it would be important to me to see this movie lead to the kind of recognition he is so deserving of… He is one of the great filmmakers of his generation and the fact that this project has led to his first DGA nomination is something that I’m very proud of. But, really, it should be his fifth.”
This wouldn’t be Blum’s first time having one of his productions nominated at the Academy Awards. Two films under Blumhouse Productions have been nominated for Best Film in the past four years: Whiplash in 2015 and Get Out in 2018. A nomination and win for Lee this year would be historic for the legendary filmmaker. This summer marks the 30th anniversary for Lee’s Do The Right Thing, which was snubbed at the Oscars in both the Best Film and Best Director categories. That year, Driving Miss Daisy won Best Film, which many saw at the time as Hollywood’s entrenched attitudes toward race.
“These are things I would like to see happen and I think it’s Spike Lee’s time… One of my roles as the producer of this film is to do what I can to support that happening, even if he’s too modest to seek it out himself. He hasn’t gotten enough attention from the Academy and I’m hoping he will now. As I said: This is Spike Lee’s time.”
The Academy will announce all their nominees in the early morning on Tuesday, January 22nd.
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