Spike Lee told an audience of entertainment luminaries that it's easier for a black person to become president of the United States than to become head of a Hollywood studio or network.

Lee made the remarks Saturday as he accepted an Oscar statuette at the film academy's seventh annual Governors Awards dinner in Hollywood, where Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds were also honorees.

"We need to have some serious discussions about diversity and get some flavor up in this," Lee said. "This industry is so behind sports it's ridiculous."

Cate Blanchett and Laura Linney each paid tribute to Rowlands, calling her a trailblazer and inspiration. The 85-year-old actress, whose career spans six decades, received her Oscar from her son, Nick Cassavettes, who directed his mother in 2004's "The Notebook."

Reynolds received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Jane Fonda and Meryl Streep introduced the 83-year-old entertainer, who announced Friday that she would be unable to attend the ­ceremony. She was recognized for her decades-long commitment to various charities, including the mental health organization she founded, the Thalians. Her granddaughter accepted her statuette.

More women join Cosby lawsuit

Four more women have joined a federal lawsuit against Bill Cosby, claiming the comedian sexually abused them and later defamed them by letting his representatives publicly label their stories lies. Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz and Angela Leslie join three women already named in the civil suit — Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, and Linda Traitz. The women say they want compensation after they say Cosby and his representatives tarnished their reputations and made it hard for them to lead normal lives. They are among dozens of women who have alleged that Cosby, 78, molested them decades ago. Cosby has denied some of the allegations and has never been charged.

escapees wore stripes: A pair of zebras escaped from a circus and went running through the streets of west Philadelphia before they were recaptured. The two animals somehow fled the UniverSoul Circus outside the Mann Center for the Performing Arts about 2 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses took to social media to post photos and video footage of the animals running through the streets before police confirmed their recapture about 3 p.m. "Zebras in custody," police said on their Twitter account.

Associated Press