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Spike Lee had a Kanye West moment during Saturday evenings Governors Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave the veteran director an honorary Academy Award for his amazing career work, and during the ceremony he gave an epic 17 minute long acceptance speech that included putting Hollywood on blast for it’s lack of diversity.

“I don’t know if you noticed but the United States census bureau says by the year 2043, white Americans are going to be the minority in this country,” said Lee. “And all you people out there in the position of hiring, you better get smart because you’ll work for us. Reflect what this country looks like.  Honestly, it’s easier to be president of the United States than the head of a studio or head of network.”

HipHollywood caught up with Lee Monday morning while he was promoting his new film Chi-Raq and asked if he felt the recognition was long over due. “You already know the answer to that. I don’t even have to say it,” he laughed. “I’m glad my wife Tonya didn’t have to wheel me out there with drool coming down my mouth … I’m happy it wasn’t like that.”

Lee was nominated for an Oscar, but didn’t win, for Do The Right Thing and his documentary Four Little Girls. On Saturday evening, Wesley Snipes, Denzel Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson were on hand to present him with the award, and also talked about working with him on films like Malcolm X, Jungle Fever and Mo’ Better Blues.

Check out the video above from highlights from the show, and click here if you want to hear Lee’s entire speech.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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