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Oscar no draw for Lee, Washington

Malcolm X director Spike Lee and actor Denzel Washington are still upset that they were not recognised at the 1992 Academy Awards.

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 21:24 IST

Malcolm X director Spike Lee and actor Denzel Washington are still upset they were not recognised at the 1992 Academy Awards.

According to Contactmusic.com, Washington eventually lost the Best Actor award to Al Pacino for his portrayal in Scent Of A Woman. And Lee was completely ignored.

In an interview discussion, Washington asks Lee: "How important is receiving awards?" Lee says, 'Y'know, I hate to bring up Malcolm X again but... That was a big lesson for me. That you really can't give power to a group of people the Academy and the Grammy, whoever it is, to validate your work. You can't do that'. And also - which I tell a lot of my students - you can't go into a project with the goal to win an award."

Washington responds: "Yeah, forget that. I have never done that. I don't care about that, really I don't. Maybe it meant more to me earlier in my career but...y'know, it's like my mother said: "Man gives the award, God gives the reward". That's my motto. Oscar is like 15 pounds and I don't care if I get one."