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Lack of black movie bosses just ridiculous, says Spike Lee

Sandy Cohen

Published 16/11/2015 | 07:00

Spike Lee: 'We need to have some serious discussions about diversity and get some flavour up in this'
Spike Lee: 'We need to have some serious discussions about diversity and get some flavour up in this'

It would be easier for a black person to become US president than the head of a Hollywood studio, director Spike Lee has claimed.

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Lee went on the attack as he accepted an Oscar statuette for lifetime achievements at the film academy's annual Governors Awards dinner in Hollywood, where Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds were also honourees.

"We need to have some serious discussions about diversity and get some flavour up in this," Lee said. "This industry is so behind sports it's ridiculous."

Lee offered "peace and love to people in France" as he received his award. Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes and Samuel L Jackson brought the filmmaker onstage for his Oscar.

"Spike Lee has put more African-Americans to work in this business than anyone else in this business," Washington said.

Among the many famous faces at the starry dinner were Saoirse Ronan, Helen Mirren, Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard, Daniel Craig and wife Rachel Weisz, Will Smith and Ice Cube.

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