Spike Lee says skipping the Oscars not necessarily a 'boycott' (video)

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Spike Lee isn't going to the Academy Awards, and the director has his reasons — but don't call it a "boycott," because he isn't.

Lee has spoken out about the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees, but he told "Good Morning America" that the rest of us shouldn't put words in his mouth.

"Here's the thing. I have never used the word 'boycott,'" Lee said on Wednesday's "GMA." "All I said was my beautiful wife Tanya, we're not coming. That's it, and I gave the reasons. I never used the word 'boycott.'"

"It's like, do you," he continued. "I'm not going. My wife's not going. Everyone else can do what they want to do."

So, where will Lee be instead? We hope you're sitting down.

"Feb. 28th, we'll be at the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden," Lee said. "I'm going to a Knicks game."

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Director Spike Lee during a game between the Brooklyn Nets an the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 02, 2014. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Radio personality Howard Stern and actor Alec Baldwin and director Spike Lee during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 02, 2014. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Film director Spike Lee attends an NBA game between the New York Knicks and the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden on Friday, December 6 2013 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Magic 121-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Spike Lee attends the New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Spike Lee attends the New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 3: Spike Lee reacts in the 4th quarter as New York Knicks defeat the Celtics 88-80 in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 3: Spike Lee sits all alone waiting for Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs to begin on May 3, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Film Director Spike Lee looks on during the game between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics during Game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 1, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Director Spike Lee celebrates a basket by Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks during their game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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He later called "this whole Academy thing" a "misdirection play." The real problems lie deep within the studios, Lee said — and he wants a quota implemented to get more minority executives in Hollywood.

The Academy Awards has been under the microscope for the past two years for not including minorities in major award categories. This year, not one person of color was nominated for Best Actor or Actress and Best Supporting Actor or Actress.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said on Monday that she was "heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion." She promised to review membership recruitment in the coming days and weeks.

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith had promised to join Lee is what we were all calling his "boycott" of this year's Oscars.

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Best Actor

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Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Michael Fassbender

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Eddie Redmayne

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Cate Blanchette

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Brie Larson

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Jennifer Lawrence

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Charlotte Rampling

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Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan

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