Filmmaker Spike Lee is set to receive the Ian McClellan Hunter Award from the Writers Guild of America East at the Writers Guild Awards in March.
Kudos recognize writers who have made significant contributions to film and TV through a body of work on timely issues and social concerns. Past recipients include Robert Benton, Tom Fontana, Geoffrey Ward, Andrew Bergman, John Seles, Ruth Prawar Jhabwala, John Waters, Richard LaGravenis, Nora Ephron, and Walter Bernstein.
“For nearly forty years, Spike Lee has written and directed some of cinema’s most meaningful and creative films,” said WGA Past President Michael Winship. “With a unique ability to challenge, entertain and inform, his narratives illuminate the racism and bigotry that often define the black American experience. Spike Lee is a filmmaker and storyteller who deserves to be honored with the WGA East’s Hunter Award for Career Achievement.
The WGA East honor was established in 1992 to honor the screenwriter of “Roman Holiday” and the seminal TV series “Beulah.” Lee emerged as one of the most influential directors of his generation with his 1986 feature debut, She’s Gotta Have It. He earned his first Oscar nomination for the screenplay in 1989’s “Do the Right Thing.” He won the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for 2018’s “BlackKkKlansman.”
Lee has branched out into TV series and documentary films in recent years. He adapted “She’s Gotta Have It” as an Amazon Prime Video series in 2018. His documentaries include “4 Little Girls” and “When the Levies Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.”
The Writers Guild Awards will be presented in simultaneous ceremonies on March 5 in New York, at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan, and at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.