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Academy Announces Membership Changes to Increase Diversity

Academy Announces Membership Changes to Increase Diversity

The Academy has announced that there will be changes to the membership implemented later this year to ensure diversity after all white actors were nominated at the Oscars for the past two years.

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

The goal of the Academy is to double the number of diverse members and women by 2020.

“Beginning later this year, each new member’s voting status will last 10 years, and will be renewed if that new member has been active in motion pictures during that decade,” the release began. “In addition, members will receive lifetime voting rights after three ten-year terms; or if they have won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We will apply these same standards retroactively to current members. In other words, if a current member has not been active in the last 10 years they can still qualify by meeting the other criteria. Those who do not qualify for active status will be moved to emeritus status. Emeritus members do not pay dues but enjoy all the privileges of membership, except voting. This will not affect voting for this year’s Oscars.”

Click inside to read the rest of the Academy’s press release…

“At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.

In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.

The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.

Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives.”

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  • bbm

    asians could say something now.. cause why not?

  • Anastatia Bagans

    This is a joke! Lmao! This woman will ruin the credibility of the oscars.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Seriously, normal people don’t GAF about any of this. It’s like reading babble to me.

  • Do Tell

    I hope Asians do come forward. I never understood why there was so much buzz about Lucy Liu. Give other beautiful Asian people a chance..

  • Will

    So if an older person who earned their place and right to vote for the Oscars hasn’t worked because they have retired they lose their rights to vote and be part of an industry they built. So much for respecting the elderly or actors who can’t get work because of ageism, sexism, illness or injury etc… Hopefully this will demolish the Oscars it’s not right to treat people like dirt to get the result you want.

  • MimiB

    Why? She’s applying some common sense to a real problem. Currently, you have really old white male members who have not been active in film for decades in control, voting and nominating. This new policy will not harm reasonably active members… I mean, they have 10 years to step up and get busy. But what it hopefully will do is move the old school white farts into emeritus status and make room for hopefully more diverse new members.

  • MimiB

    They’ll have 10 years of inactivity before being moved to emeritus status… the biggest problem with the present voting is an excess of old white men who are not at all active in the movie business. They’re not being kicked out, just taken into an inactive status as far as voting goes.

    To learn more about the new policies, this piece gives a lot of information. http://deadline.com/2016/01/oscars-diversity-academy-vows-to-double-number-of-women-and-diverse-members-by-2020-1201688409/

  • Will

    So once you retire your opinion and experience means nothing, or if you have a chronic illness or injury that prevents you from working. Your no longer welcome.

  • Michael Geister

    If anything wouldn’t people who haven’t been active in the business in awhile be more neutral? They can’t be influenced as easily when working in the industry on a day-by-day basis by people they work with or come across

  • MimiB

    Do you think old white men who haven’t been active in film making for over 10 years are the best ones to nominate and vote on younger more active film people? Do you think that pandering to their old fashioned, out of touch white male centric mind sets are the way to move the Academy forward to more diversity? I don’t.

  • FrenchGirl

    So their answer is AGEISM !?

  • FrenchGirl

    Do you know what is ageism?
    Imagine if you were forbidden to vote to the election because you are old and don’t work !
    It is what the Academy is doing !

  • FrenchGirl

    Clint Eastwood was the one who made that Quentin Tarantino won his Palme D’Or at Cannes Fest

  • FrenchGirl

    You think it is right that he can’t vote to the Oscars but in same time that he votes at the Election ?

  • cutitout

    Its not about Ageism its about making sure that the people who vote or have the right to vote are still interested or invested in the business. if they want to keep voting then they should keep acting. Do you think that 45 year olds should still be able to vote for class president at their old high schools too? this is not about people in general living in the world. the oscars are about a specific industry.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I think they’re trying to make the case that the Academy voters are too old and not hip and that’s why they aren’t voting for non-Whites. And that because they’re behind generationally they aren’t watching movies like Straight Outta Compton and Creed. But none of this matters, because it’s all BULLSHIT that won’t get fixed. The Academy is only pretending to GET RGHT ON THIS PROBLEM. The truth is, the Oscars – and Hollywood in general – is not so much racist as it is one giant clusterfuck of a POPULARITY CONTEST. There’s nothing honest about how and which movies get attention, which actors/actresses rise to fame, or the phony “merit” on which nominations are made. It’s all a corrupt system that is not about ART. I really, truly don’t believe it’s racism. It’s that the higher-ups in power DO NOT GIVE A CRAP ABOUT ART.

  • TivoliEclipse

    Great. That sounds like a good investment in next year.

  • Emmp

    I’m so glad something has finally happened to diminish the self-importance of the Oscars, and awarding privileged, rich, over-paid movie stars. What a joke. There are others problems in the world — actual racism in the actual world, of which “diversity” consists of more than just black people.

  • Emmp

    I’m so glad something has finally happened to diminish the self-importance of the Oscars, and awarding privileged, rich, over-paid movie stars. What a joke. There are others problems in the world — actual racism in the actual world, of which “diversity” consists of more than just black people.

  • Emmp

    I’m so glad something has finally happened to diminish the self-importance of the Oscars, and awarding privileged, rich, over-paid movie stars. What a joke. There are others problems in the world — actual racism in the actual world, of which “diversity” consists of more than just black people.

  • Emmp

    I’m so glad something has finally happened to diminish the self-importance of the Oscars, and awarding privileged, rich, over-paid movie stars. What a joke. There are others problems in the world — actual racism in the actual world, of which “diversity” consists of more than just black people.

  • Emmp

    I’m so glad something has finally happened to diminish the self-importance of the Oscars, and awarding privileged, rich, over-paid movie stars. What a joke. There are others problems in the world — actual racism in the actual world, of which “diversity” consists of more than just black people.

  • CCEkeke

    AMPAS’s membership is 94% white, 77% men.

  • VanityInsecurity

    adding diversity to the Academy is great .. but if there isn’t any minority actors in a lead movie what is the point? And it’s biased to think just because your members are diverse, does this mean they will vote for their own people? then the Academy has become a political fiasco.

  • Gina

    Good steps are being taken…finally.

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