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Halle Berry Helps Honor Cheryl Boone Isaacs at Icon Mann's Pre-Oscar Dinner 2018!

Halle Berry is all smiles while hitting the red carpet alongside Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the ICON MANN’s 2018 Pre-Oscar Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Tuesday (February 27) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 51-year-old actress was also joined by Nia Long, Anika Noni Rose, Mudbound director Dee Rees, Dennis Haysbert, Laz Alonso, J Alexander, Cedric The Entertainer, Terry Crews and his wife Rebekka King-Crews.

Cheryl, the former film academy president who spearheaded the organization’s radical inclusivity efforts after #OscarsSoWhite, was at the sixth annual dinner.

“I’m so proud to be a black woman when black women like you are leading organizations like the academy,” Halle expressed during her speech. “All the work you did while you were there has changed the way the academy runs.”

FYI: Halle is wearing Jimmy Choo shoes and Yael Sonia jewelry. Nia is wearing an Isabel Marant dress, Prada shoes, Shoji Tadashi clutch and Swarovski jewelry.

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Brie Larson & Alicia Vikander Step Out for Oscar Nominees 2016 Luncheon

Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander look amazing in their super chic looks for the 2016 Academy Awards nominee luncheon on Monday (February 8) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The pair were joined by fellow nominees Rooney Mara and Charlotte Rampling, as well as Room‘s Jacob Tremblay and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Rooney (Carol) and Alicia (The Danish Girl) are nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category, while Brie (Room) and Charlotte (45 Years) are representing the Best Actress category.

FYI: Brie is wearing an Emilia Wickstead top and skirt with ‚ÄčDana Rebecca Designs rings, Ariel Gordon earrings, and Christian Louboutin shoes. Alicia is wearing Louis Vuitton. Rooney is wearing Giambattista Valli.

15+ pictures inside of the nominees at the luncheon…More Here! »

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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… More Here! »

Jada Pinkett Smith Responds to Academy's Diversity Statement

Jada Pinkett Smith is responding to the Academy after president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a lengthy statement on the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations this year.

The 44-year-old actress previously announced that she will be boycotting the Oscars after no actors of color were nominated this year.

Cheryl then released a statement saying that Academy will be reviewing its membership in the coming days and weeks to bring about diversity as soon as possible.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Academy, specifically Cheryl Boone Isaacs, for such a quick response in regard to the issue at hand. I look forward to the future,” Jada tweeted on Tuesday afternoon (January 19).

Oscars 2016: Academy President Releases Statement on Lack of Diversity

In a rare move, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy president, is speaking out on the lack of diversity in the 2016 Oscar nominations.

“I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond,” she said in a statement released by the Academy.

“As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years,” she continued. “But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly”

“This isn’t unprecedented for the Academy,” Cheryl added. “In the ’60s and ’70s it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.”

Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have both announced that they will be boycotting the Oscars this year after all 20 acting nominees were white actors for the second straight year.