Spike Lee will lead this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury.— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 14, 2020
The acclaimed director will be the first black person to do so in the festival’s 73-year history. https://t.co/0cFE4smCt6
- Spike Lee was named president of the 2020 Cannes jury
- He has a long standing relationship with the festival: his debut film, She's Gotta Have It, premiered there in 1986 and in 2018 he was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for BlacKkKlansman
- Though other black filmmakers (including Ava DuVernay, Will Smith and Whoopi Goldberg) have served on the jury, Lee is the first to serve as president
- The Cannes Jury gathers in May to watch all the films in official competition and vote on which films receive awards
- Lee released a statement with the news where he said he was "shocked, happy, surprised and proud" to be named jury president and called Cannes the most important film festival in the world.