Director Spike Lee attends the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” Broadway Opening Night at Longacre Theatre on August 2, 2012 in New York City

*The Venice Film Festival announced Friday that it would award its Glory to the Filmmaker honor this year to U.S. director, screenwriter, actor, and producer Spike Lee, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Lee was going to be in Venice anyway for his “Bad 25” Michael Jackson documentary that will explore the making and impact of Jackson’s album “Bad,” which was released 25 years ago.  The film will screen in the official selection but out of competition.

The Glory to the Filmmaker award, which is presented to a personality that brought “great innovation to contemporary cinema,” is not connected to the world premiere of “Bad 25,” but rather for Lee’s career.

“Spike Lee is a bold and creative spirit, the author of daring and corrosive films, often unpredictable and provocative in the best sense of the word,” Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera said in a statement. “He creates films that challenge us to rethink our prejudices and our preconceptions.”

The award will be presented to Lee on August 31, ahead of the screening of “Bad 25.” The 69-year-old festival runs August 29-Sept. 8.