Writer-director Spike Lee will be honored as the “Filmmaker of the Year” by American Cinema Editors for his “distinguished achievement in the art and business of film,” the organization announced Thursday.

“From `She’s Gotta Have It’ in 1986 to `Da 5 Bloods’ in 2020, Spike has directed an astonishing number of feature films — 24,” ACE President Kevin Tent said in a statement. “Not to mention his work in documentaries, television, music videos and commercials. Spike’s an artist who has entertained, enlightened and challenged us. But he’s not only a prolific director, he’s been a friend, producer and guidance counselor to countless young and emerging filmmakers.

“His generosity is an inspiration to us all. For these reasons and more, we at ACE recognize his enormous impact on the industry and are proud to present him with this much deserved award,” Tent said.

Lee will receive the award annual ACE Eddie Awards, set for April 18. The event will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previous recipients of the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award include Quentin Tarantino, Kathleen Kennedy, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Nancy Meyers, Norman Jewison and Lauren Shuler Donner.

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