Accepting an honorary Oscar at the 7th annual Governors Awards, Spike Lee said, "It's easier to be the president of the United States as a black person than to be the head of a studio."

The director told the industry audience gathered at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland, "We need to have some serious discussion about diversity" and he thanked Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, saying "she's trying to do something that needs to be done" for raising the issue and making it part of the Academy's current consciousness.

Earlier at the event, Boone Isaacs launched a new initiative, A2020, that aims to promote more diversity of age, gender, race, national origin and point-of-view, in Hollywood over the next five years.