“There are many times in history where the best work does not get awarded,”
Spike Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I’m not even talking about my own work.”
But talking about his own work, Lee said…
In 1989, Do the Right Thing was not even nominated [for best picture]. What film won best picture in 1989? Driving Miss Mother F—ing Daisy! That’s why [Oscars] don’t matter. Because 20 years later, who’s watching Driving Miss Daisy?
Lee also ragged on the Oscar-voting, likening it to a NBA referee who follows up bad calls with make-up calls.
For example: Al Pacino won an Oscar for Scent of a Woman (1992) but only after several Oscar-worthy performances including Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather II (1974). Also Denzel Washington didn’t win for Malcolm X (1992) but won for Training Day (2001).
Read his full interview at The Hollywood Reporter.