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Spike Lee becomes first black person to preside over Cannes Film Festival jury

Spike Lee has made history by becoming the first black filmmaker to preside over the Cannes Film Festival jury.
 
The Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing director said he was shocked, happy, surprised and proud.
 
Lee has premiered seven films at the festival, with his 2018 movie BlacKkKlansman receiving wide acclaim.
 
His appointment follows criticism of the Oscars nominations for ignoring actors and directors of colour.
 
Nineteen of the 20 acting nominees this year are white.


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