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Spike Lee Hopes Hollywood Gatekeepers Are Listening

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Spike Lee (pictured, right) says he's going to wait and see if Hollywood will do the right thing.

The film director isn't convinced that actors of color will get more opportunities now that Denzel Washington and Halle Berry have Oscars.

"Is this a signal that once and for all Hollywood is colorblind and we're all on the same playing field? I don't think so. We have to see what happens," Lee told students at the University of Toledo on Wednesday night.

Washington and Berry took home the top-acting honors at the Academy Awards on Sunday. It was the first time a black actor has won an Oscar for a lead role since Sidney Poitier won in 1963.

"When Sidney won for 'Lilies of the Field,' people probably felt the same way and it was another 40 years until Denzel won," Lee said. "Let's not get too hyped up. Let's not go crazy and think we've been delivered because of what happened."

Lee said the problem is that the gatekeepers of the film industry -- directors and studio executives -- also have to be people of color.

His films include "She's Gotta Have It," "Do the Right Thing," "Malcolm X" and "Summer of Sam."

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