The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has had quite a run since the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences announced this year’s nominations, which included no black actors or directors. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs today released a statement on the situation, saying she was “heartbroken” and pledged to make “big changes.”
— Anita Bennett (@tvanita) January 19, 2016
— Camryn Garrett (@dancingofpens) January 19, 2016
A statement from Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs pic.twitter.com/Nqhgc7sbqG
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 19, 2016
The Academy’s solution has been to diversity its voting membership, but that’s not happening as quickly as the Academy would like.
@TheAcademy This is stupid. So bring in more non-whites so more non-whites are nominated? What about just recognizing the best of Hollywood?
— Tony for Liberty (@peacelovedixie) January 19, 2016
@TheAcademy Might also consider taking away voting privileges of members who haven't had a credit in, say, a decade.
— Patrick Hume (@patrickhume) January 19, 2016
@TheAcademy Inclusion, yes, but if the standard is outstanding achievement, race, sex, etc. shouldn't matter.
— jonmnelson (@jonmnelson) January 19, 2016
.@TheAcademy It doesn't matter how diverse the voters are if the talent isn't out there. Encourage Hollywood to hire more diverse actors.
— Adam at Ametrine (@AdamAtAmetrine) January 19, 2016
@TheAcademy in 2016 the key is to be proactive instead of reactive. This letter would have been great back in 1952
— Robert Gibson (@MinRobertGibson) January 19, 2016
@TheAcademy Typography choices makes this letter feel like it's from the 50's- not a great look
— Paul Conrad (@_paulcon) January 19, 2016
— TJ Terry (@TJTRNPHILLY) January 19, 2016
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— Desiree (@dwatson904) January 19, 2016
— Kingston Jael (@kingston_jael) January 19, 2016
— Tami Farr (@tamitaylorfarr) January 19, 2016
@TheAcademy Honestly, the majority of movies sucked this year. Couldn't care less if the actors were white or black Movies were mediocre.
— Jan Mercot (@JanMercot) January 19, 2016
@TheAcademy yeah. We'll see if something is actually done about this.
— Satin Dents (@hernameisSATIN) January 19, 2016
— Jason Jackson (@jasons6) January 19, 2016