The Academy has held a meeting discussing and reviewing the Academy membership and its voting trends to avoid the misrepresentation of diversity in years to come.
For a second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science faced the dilemma of underrepresentation of diversity among its nominees.
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The Oscars nominations for all acting categories this year do not have a single minority actor or actress. Many actors and actress have already called for boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony.
The Academy has been struggling to promote diversity since last year when lack of diversity became a concerning issue. The Academy promised the groups that had raised their voices about the issue of diversity.
This year, the Academy had nothing to show for their promises made last year as the nominations all consisted of white actors.
Cheryl Issacs Boone has been emphasizing that the Academy was taking actions but change was not coming soon enough. On Friday, the Academy finally held a meeting that is sure to bring diversification revolution to the Academy.
The Academy hopes to lead Hollywood by example. The 51 Governors on the Board of the Academy agreed to the changes proposed at the meeting. The members agreed that by 2020, the Academy will put in efforts to make its members and voters more diverse.
Cheryl Issca Boone emphasized that they will be bringing in more female members and members from other diverse groups to its ranks. They hope that the diverse groups will have 14 percent representation while women will constitute 48 percent of Academy representation.
The Academy has also decided that three new seats will be added to the 51 Board of Governors. The members elected to these seats will be nominated by Cheryl Issacs Boone.
After they have been nominated and approved by the board members, these three new members will be leading three new departments. The current memberships will also be reviewed.
“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “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 new changes all Academy memberships will be reviewed every 10 years. Their memberships will be reviewed according to their activity status.
If they have been active in the past 10 years in the industry, only then their memberships will be renewed for the next 10 years. If any member has earned three 10 years period memberships, they will be added for life.
Their voting rights however will depend on their activity in the filming industry. The current members will also have their memberships reviewed and renewed after being analysed according to new standards.
Cheryl Isscas Boone hopes that these changes will promote diversity in the Oscars voting campaign which has been heavily questioned this year.