Spike Lee on stage with some black Hollywood icons
Legendary movie maker, Spike Lee, believes its easier for a black person to be president of the United States than for him/her to get a shot at a leadership position in Hollywood or at a major network.
Spike Lee made this known on Saturday while receiving an honorary Oscar statuette at the film Academy’s seventh annual Governors Awards dinner in Hollywood, with a lot of A-list actors in attendance.
“We need to have some serious discussions about diversity and get some flavor up in this,’ Lee said. ‘This industry is so behind sports it’s ridiculous.”
The filmmaker praised Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s president Cheryl Boone Isaacs for “trying to do something that needs to be done.”
Cheryl Boone Isaacs backed Spike Lee’s assertion as she called on the industry heads in the audience to take action toward “recognizing and embracing a broad cross-section of talent.”
She also announced the Academy’s new five-year plan to improve diversity in its staff and governance which is long overdue in my opinion.
Denzel Washington gave the introduction at the event and had this say about Lee:
“Spike Lee has put more African-Americans to work in this business than anyone else in this business.”
The film maker was then ushered onstage by Denzel Washington
, Wesley Snipes, and Samuel L. Jackson. Spike Lee also offered a message of peace and love to the people in France
as part of his acceptance speech.
It’s really surprising that an industry that has so many black actors is still holding off on creating a balanced industry at the leadership level. Hopefully Spike Lee and Isaac’s speech will help in creating a more racially diversified industry.
The event was also graced by A-listers that included Johnny Depp, Daniel Craig, Will Smith, Ice Cube, Mark Ruffalo, and Quentin Tarantino.