Academy Announces That They Will Make Major Changes To Diversify The Oscars

Posted on Fri Jan 22nd, 2016 1:39pm PDT       By X17 Staff

Ch-ch-changes are happening!

On Thursday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors unanimously approved, “substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse.”

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

According to the Academy, the goal is to double the number of women and minority members in the AMPAS by 2020. In order to reach that goal — some key changes are being implemented. One of them is that that the AMPAS will increase the governing board by bringing in three new members, which Isaacs will name and which will be approved by the board in order to “allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making.”

We are glad to see that the Academy is taking some major steps in the right direction.


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