"It's easier to be the president of the United States as a black person than to be the head of a studio," The Hollywood Reporter said the 58-year-old auteur told the star-studded crowd. "We need to have some serious discussion about diversity."
"I'm thrilled beyond words, shocked, and you couldn't be more amazed that a little girl from Burbank even came near this sort of accolade," Reynolds, 83, said in a remote, audio acceptance speech.
"You know what's wonderful about being an actress? You don't live just one life -- yours -- you live many lives," Rowlands, 85, observed, giving a nod to her late husband, filmmaker John Cassavetes. "He wrote me the most magnificent parts."