Spike Lee Speaks Out For Racial Diversity In Hollywood


Spike Lee spoke to an audience of entertainment luminaries at the seventh annual Governers Awards on Saturday, during which he had something to say about racial diversity in the film industry. The 58-year-old filmmaker claimed that it’s easier for a black person to become President of the United States than the head of a network or studio in Hollywood. Lee praised the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, for trying to accomplish something that desperately needs to be done. Earlier on Saturday, Isaacs called on the industry powers present to take action toward “recognizing a broad cross-section of talent.”

85-year-old Gena Rowlands was also awarded a well-deserved Oscar on Saturday and received praise from both Cate Blanchett and Laura Linney, who called her a trailblazer and an inspiration. She received the award from her son Nick Cassavetes, who cast his mother as one of the main characters in his 2004 romantic drama “The Notebook.”

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