This is not the
first time Lee has admonished the Academy. In November 2015, when he accepted
his honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards, the director said Hollywood
was “so behind sports” in terms of diversity.
"It's easier to be the president of the United States
as a black person than be the head of a studio," Lee said. "Honestly,
it's easier to be president of the United States than the head of a studio or
head of network."
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The debate about the Oscars was a hot topic at the Critics’
Choice Awards, where stars reacted to Smith’s proposed boycott.
"I don't know if avoiding it altogether is going to help,
but I just think we have to continue to move forward," Niecy Nash told ET. "We
have this awareness and this spotlight -- we've got to look at other work.
There’s other work out there that I think was missed. We’ve just got to do
She wasn't the only one who had an opinion on the matter;
find out what Gina Rodriguez, Tracee Ellis Ross and others had to say: