Oscars 2016: Diversity Will Be Doubled By 2020 – Academy

Oscars 2016-OnoBello (2) Cherl Boone Isaacs 

Following the backlash that resulted from the 2016 Oscar nominees announcement which has been described as lacking in diversity due to its all-white and male dominated nature, the Motion Picture Academy has been forced to initiate some changes. (Click here to view list of nominees)

The board released a statement yesterday saying they passed a sweeping vote to ensure historic measures are taken…starting immediately. Voting rights have been reframed and limited to only those who have been active in the film industry over the last 10 years. Three new governor seats were also added, which will be elected by the president, and committees were restructured to support that.

These changes will however not affect this year’s ceremony, but instead aims to double the Academy’s diversity by 2020.

According to the Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

What this basically means is that members of the Academy who are in charge of selecting the Oscar nominees will only consist of those who are still actively making film and are in tune with present day movie culture.




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