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Spike Lee

BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) film awards gala on January 3.

Lee’s honour follows the announcement earlier this week that If Beale Street Could Talk star Regina King will receive the Chairman’s Award at the show.

Lee joins previously announced honourees Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, King, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and the film Green Book.

Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Lee’s BlackKklansman, which centres on the true-life 1970s infiltration mission of the Ku Klux Klan orchestrated by Colorado cop Ron Stallworth, played by John David Washington. Adam Driver also stars as Stallworth’s colleague Flip Zimmerman who goes undercover in the far right organisation. Focus Features is the US distributor.

Spike Lee’s credits include She’s Gotta Have It, School Daze, Do The Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Summer Of Sam, 25th Hour, She Hate Me, Inside Man, Old Boy, and Chi-Raq.

His feature documentaries include the double Emmy Award-winning If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise, a follow-up to his HBO documentary film When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts, and the Peabody Award-winning A Huey P Newton Story. In television, Lee is in post-production on Season 2 of his Netflix Original Series She’s Gotta Have It.

PSIFF runs from January 3-14.