Spike Lee to head 2020 Cannes Film Festival jury

“In closing I’m honoured to be the first person of the African diaspora to be named President of the Cannes Jury and of a main film festival,” he added. “To me the Cannes Film Festival (besides being the most important film festival in the world no disrespect to anybody) has had a great impact on my film career. Cannes is a natural homeland for those who (re)awaken minds. Lee’s appointment as Cannes jury head comes a day after the Academy Awards were criticised for lack of diversity in its nominations. https://t.co/Rezlrl1sOB pic.twitter.com/bt28zF4QO0
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) January 14, 2020

Joie, honneur et impatience à l’idée que #Cannes2020 se tiendra sous le regard du grand #SpikeLee! The Oscars snubbed actor Awkwafina for performance in the Chinese-American drama The Farewell as well as Lupita Nyong’o for horror movie Us. The 73rd edition of Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 12 to 23. He later returned at the French Riviera with six other films — Do The Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Girl 6 (1996), Summer of Sam (1999), Ten Minutes Older (2002) and BlackKklansman (2018). Lee said he was “shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time” when he was offered the opportunity to preside over the jury. Welcome to Spike Lee as President of the Jury of the 73rd Festival de Cannes! pic.twitter.com/nDOzoYyBQe
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) January 14, 2020
For BlackKklansman, Lee had kickstarted his festival campaign with the Cannes, culminating with the 2019 Academy Awards where he won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. Lee succeeds two-time Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who had also created history after becoming the first Mexican to serve as jury president, reported Variety. What kind of President will he be? You could easily say Cannes changed the trajectory of who I became in world cinema,” the filmmaker said in a statement. Find out in Cannes! Greta Gerwig, who expected to receive a nod in the best director category, was also overlooked. The 62-year-old filmmaker has been a regular at the film gala ever since his first film She’s Gotta Have It premiered at the 1986 edition where it won the youth prize at Directors’ Fortnight. (Photo: AP)
Oscar-winning filmmaker Spike Lee was on Tuesday announced as the jury head of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first African-American to lead the distinguished panel at the annual film extravaganza. // Joy, honor and impatience at the idea that #Cannes2020 will be held under the eyes of the great #SpikeLee! For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App By: PTI | Cannes |

Published: January 14, 2020 2:58:22 pm

The Twitter page of Cannes Film festival made the announcement on Tuesday. Lee’s flamboyant personality is sure to shake things up. “In this life I have lived… my biggest blessings have been when they arrived unexpected, when they happened out of nowhere,” he added.