The film, which is up for six Academy awards in total, tells the real life story of Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, who successfully managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.
“On this film, the stars were in alignment,” Lee told Reuters. “It doesn’t happen all the time though. You can make a great film and all this and that and like and then 20 years later people are talking about it but… Citizen Kane, it was bomb on its theatrical release. So, there are so many factors, people don’t understand this, there are so many factors that come into play and most the stuff is out of your control.”
Many feel that the director, whose work includes “Do the Right Thing” and “She’s Gotta Have It” as well as “Malcolm X,” has been snubbed by Oscar voters in previous years and believe that his directorial nod is overdue.
“I wasn’t waiting (for an Oscar nomination). I’ve been working since then, I mean it’s not like snubs. Already, we’re not talking about it, we’re on to the next thing already so that’s been the key for me, just keeping moving,” Lee told Reuters at an event honoring Oscar nominees in Beverly Hills.
“We were not talking about, ‘Oh, lets do something that could win an Oscar!’ We’re storytellers, everything else is gravy but we’re storytellers and awards and recognition and all that stuff, that’s not even in the universe. I mean when you’re in there, do what you gotta do,” he added.
This years Oscar winners will be announced at the 91st Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, February 24, 2019.