“I will not be a spectator, viewer or supporter of the Super Bowl today,” director tweeted.
Recipients were chosen for their “steadfast commitment to the women’s movement and beyond.”
“I couldn’t be happier,” the director said in a statement.
“The only way I know how to make this film is with love,” the director said.
Netflix series is based on the true story of five teens falsely convicted of rape.
James will join the Lakers for the 2018-19 season after inking a four-year contract.
Actress Samira Wiley and Jay-Z’s mother also received awards.
His statement came after the group announced plans to join the #MuteRKelly campaign.