The commercial and critical success of his “BlacKkKlansman
” has given Spike Lee
his first legit awards contender in years. And with four Golden Globe nominations this week, including nods for Best Director and Best Picture, it’s not an opportunity he’s taking for granted. In the midst of his always-busy schedule, Lee has made time to introduce the film at screenings, do interviews, and meet Academy voters.
“I’m doing the thing, meeting the voters and kissing babies,” said Lee when he was a guest on IndieWire
’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “This is what everybody has told me, this is what you have to do.”
While Lee, who has never received a Best Director nomination from the Academy or the DGA
, said it’s natural for anyone to want to be recognized for their work, he is more focused on making sure his long-time collaborators like composer Terence Blanchard