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25th Annivesary of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing”

Director Spike Lee attends Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of 'Do the Right Thing' at the Bing Theatre at LACMA on June 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Director Spike Lee attends Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of 'Do the Right Thing' at the Bing Theatre at LACMA on June 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
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June 30, 2014 marks the 25th Anniversary of the critically acclaimed movie “Do the Right Thing” written, directed, and co-starring Spike Lee. The 1989 film about racial tension during a hot summer day in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant community, garnered Spike Lee an Academy Award nomination for “Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.”

“Do the Right Thing” featured a notable cast including Danny Aiello (who received an Oscar nomination for his role in the film), Samuel L. Jackson, Martin Lawrence, Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro, Rosie Perez, and the legendary husband and wife acting duo Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

To commemorate the landmark achievement, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosted a screening of “Do the Right Thing” in 35 mm print on July 27, 2014 at the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA). Special guests included Spike Lee and Moderator/fellow Director John Singleton, best known for his 1991 film “Boyz n the Hood” which also featured a great cast including Angela Bassett, Lawrence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut, Ice Cube, Nia Long, and Cuba Gooding Jr., and Regina King. The special event also included a video greeting from President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama who shared that going to see the movie“Do the Right Thing” was their first official date.

Spike Lee's other thought-provoking films include "School Daze" (co-starring Lawrence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and Spike Lee), "Malcolm X" (co-starring Angela Bassett and Denzel Washington), "Jungle Fever" (co-starring Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra and lesser known actors at the time Samuel Jackson and Halle Berry), "Mo Better Blues" (co-starring Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes), and more recently the 2008 film "Miracle at St. Anna" (co-starring Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller an Scandal's Kerry Washington).