The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Sunday that the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature will go to The Last of Nowhere, a short documentary produced by Spike Lee, about a gang of young black men who live in Chicago’s East Side neighborhood and struggle with racial tensions.
The short is about the life of 12-year-old Malcolm X, whose father was killed by police and his mother and sister are killed in a car crash.
The documentary is being made by SpikeLee’s The Last Of Us production company and will premiere on CTV.
Lee’s film won Best Documentive Feature in 2016 and 2017 for his documentary about the death of Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.
The Academy announced in a statement that Spike Lee’s film was nominated for Best Director and Best Actor for Lee and was presented with its Cecil B. DeMille Award for Excellence in Visual Effects.
Lee, who is the president of Spike Lee Television, will also receive the Cecil B DeMile Award in recognition of his efforts.
The film’s director, Chris Canty, was a longtime CTV news anchor, producer and anchor for CTV, CTV-Overnight and CTVNews.ca, and was nominated in 2018 for his short film, My Name Is Earl.