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Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands honored at Governors Awards; ailing Debbie Reynolds a no-show

By Karen Butler
Director Spike Lee arrives for the 46th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Feb. 6, 2015. Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI
1 of 3 | Director Spike Lee arrives for the 46th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Feb. 6, 2015. Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Spike Lee, and actresses Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds were recognized with honorary Oscars at the Governors Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

"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."

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"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."

Among the luminaries at Saturday's gala were Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, Rooney Mara, Nick Cassavetes, Zooey Deschanel and Jane Fonda.

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