World-renowned film director Spike Lee took the opportunity to deliver a message on diversity in Hollywood on the 14th November, whilst collecting an honorary Oscar.
Spike Lee, director of Malcolm X, stated that, “Hollywood needs to get smarter on diversity” as he collected his award from Denzel Washington, Samuel L Jackson and Wesley Snipes.
Lee’s 17-minute speech covered his upbringing, his love of his grandmother and appreciation of his former art teacher, and described how he paid his way through school. Lee stated that: “by the year 2043, white Americans are going to be a minority in this country. And all you people out there in the position of hiring, you better get smart. Because your workforce should reflect what this country looks like.” The audience applauded as he said, “it’s easier to be the President of the United States as a black person than to be the head of a studio.”
Spike also pointed out the lack of black actors and directors that weren’t even nominated in the last wave of the Oscars.
Lee has produced over 35 films since 1983, and many of his fans believe that his honorary Oscar is well overdue as Spike Lee has made a phenomenal contribution to the film industry.
TNT Entertainment Charlotte Beale