Spike Lee Makes History By Becoming First Black President Of The Cannes Film Festival Jury

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 07: Spike Lee attends the 2019 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at TAO Downtown on January 07, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Spike Lee Makes History By Becoming First Black President Of The Cannes Film Festival Jury

This is the festival’s 73rd year.

PUBLISHED ON : JANUARY 14, 2020 / 10:33 AM

Written by BET Staff

Festival de Cannes is one of the most respected film festivals in the world. Now, Spike Lee has made history by becoming the first African-American to serve as president of the jury at the next Festival de Cannes in May, according to a press release

Festival de Cannes wrote on Twitter, "Welcome to Spike Lee as President of the Jury of the 73rd Festival de Cannes! Cannes is a natural homeland for those who (re)awaken minds. Lee's flamboyant personality is sure to shake things up. What kind of President will he be? Find out in Cannes!"

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The 62-year-old reacted to the news by saying he “was shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time.” He also added, “In this life I have lived, my biggest blessings have been when they arrived unexpected." He is also a four-time Cannes Film Festival winner, first winning the Award of Youth prize in 1986. He most recently won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention and Grand Prize of the Jury in 2018 for BlacKkKlansman.


Congratulations to the legendary Spike Lee!

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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