Now until the Feb. 24 Oscar telecast, Take 2 will run a series of posts focusing on issues and subjects involving the Academy Awards.

This is the first time that Shelton Jackson Lee, better known as Spike Lee, has been nominated from a best director Oscar. In his 30-plus years of filmmaking, he has only been nominated for best original screenplay for “Do the Right Thing” and best documentary feature for “4 Little Girls.” In 2016, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for his cinematic achievements.

This year, Lee is also up for best adapted screenplay and best picture for “BlacKkKlansman.”

Director Spike Lee drapes himself in an upside-down, black-and-white American flag in New York, July 20, 2018. In “BlacKkKlansman,” Lee uses the true story of a black police officer infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado in the 1970s to once again grapple with American racial terrorism. “We’re living in pure, undiluted insanity,” he said. (Heather Sten/The New York Times)

Lee has touched nearly all aspects of film, even as a professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. This year’s Academy Awards’ field is no different. Several of the major nominees share a past with Lee. Here are a few examples:

Ruth Carter in the West Village neighborhood of New York, Feb. 12, 2018. For her extraordinarily detailed costumes in “Black Panther,” Carter studied the garments of the Maasai, the Lesotho and other African tribes. (Clement Pascal/The New York Times)

Ruth E. Carter

Carter is nominated for best costume design for her Afrofuturistic work in “Black Panther.” Carter was previously nominated in 1993 for Lee’s “Malcolm X” and Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad.” Carter and Lee’s partnership dates back to 1988’s “School Daze” and includes “Do the Right Thing,” “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Jungle Fever,” “Crooklyn,” “Clockers,” “Summer of Sam,” “Oldboy,” Da Sweet Blood of Jesus” and “Chi-Raq.”

Rami Malek arrives at the 76th Annual Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Rami Malek

Malek is a first-time nominee for his role as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Malek previously appeared in two Lee-directed movies that were remakes, “Oldboy” and “Da Sweet Blood of Jesus,” Lee’s reimagination of “Ganja and Hess.”

Willem Dafoe in “At Eternity’s Gate”

Willem Dafoe

Dafoe earned his fourth nominee with his portrayal of painter Vincent van Gogh in “At Eternity’s Gate.” Dafoe had a supporting role in Lee’s bank caper “Inside Man.”

Angela Bassett poses for a picture during the U.S. Premiere of “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” at the National Air and Space Museum on July 22, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Angela Bassett

The Oscar-nominated actress is T’Challa’s mother, Ramonda, in best picture nominee “Black Panther.” Bassett played Dr. Betty Shabazz in Lee’s “Malcolm X.”  

Josh Brolin and Pom Klementieff

Brolin, a previous nominee, and Klementieff appear in “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is nominated for best visual effects. Both also star in Lee’s remake of “Oldboy.”

Bradley Cooper, who is making his directorial debut with “A Star Is Born,” in New York, Sept. 15, 2018. In his movie, Cooper wrangles with the celebrity industrial complex. (Ryan Pfluger/The New York Times)

Bradley Cooper

During a morning forum before the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday, Cooper shared a little antidote involving Lee. Cooper auditioned for a part in either a film or show, but he didn’t get the part.