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UK's 'Black Oscars' to Honour Spike Lee. (Events)

Magazine article African Business

UK's 'Black Oscars' to Honour Spike Lee. (Events)

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One of the United Kingdom's most glamorous show business events, the annual awards for Black film and television personalities, promises to be bigger and better this year with the cream of Hollywood stars in attendance.

One of the world's leading filmmakers, Spike Lee, will be presented with the Outstanding Contribution Award at the UK's second an nual Screen Nation Film and Television Awards (SNFTA -- formerly the Black Film. maker Film & TV Awards - bfm Awards) at glittering event in London in September Spike Lee will be honoured for his longstanding and successful career.

Lee originally shot to fame with his debut film, She's Gotta Have It, which earned him the 1986 Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film festival, and positioned him at the forefront of a new wave of urban American cinema.

Since then he has become the most successful African-American director and producer of all time, best known for Do The Right Thing and the multi Oscar nominated biopic, Malcolm X.

SNFTA is the UK's only awards ceremony to celebrate Black achievements in film and TV. Following the success of last year's star-studded event, referred to as 'The Black Oscars; this year's ceremony promises to be bigger and better, with the cream of Hollywood's Black A-List coming to honour the talents of existing and emerging actors and filmmakers.

The annual awards have evolved over the last four years to become a key event in the show business calendar. Past winners of bfm Awards include black British film-making legend Horace Ove, and such Hollywood greats as Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Pam Crier -- along with more contemporary icons, such as Denzel Washington. Last year Pam Grier and Angela Basset were both given awards to celebrate their achievements. …

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