The Motion Picture Academy, “heartbroken” as more and more celebrities threaten to boycott this year’s awards ceremony to protest the unbearable whiteness of the nominees, is moving quickly to silence its critics. And by quickly, we mean really quickly. The Academy’s board of directors met Thursday night and voted on several new initiatives it hopes will double the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.
“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up” https://t.co/vkYBJOUm3l
— New York Post (@nypost) January 23, 2016
After criticism over Oscar nominations, the Academy sets a goal to become less male and less white https://t.co/nD9yqj7bzS
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 23, 2016
We’re making changes. New Academy membership and voting diversity initiatives announced today. https://t.co/Arna4YvgY1
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 22, 2016
First, the Academy realized its policy of “voting membership for life” left it with a lot of old, white fat that couldn’t be trimmed. Newly inducted members will be given a 10-year term, which is renewable if considerations are met. The board also added three new term-limited governor seats “in order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors.”
The Academy has also launched a mysterious but “ambitious global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.”
@TheAcademy I guess just throw merit out the window like the rest of this country has, apparently it comes down to race only
— Pessimist Prime (@PessPrime) January 23, 2016
— Tracy Ratliff (@TrayAnnr2d2) January 23, 2016
@TheAcademy Best Male/Female roles doesn't reflect today's gender choices, in my opinion.
— Ben Mack (@BenMack) January 23, 2016
@TheAcademy are you including Asians too? Since we are talking about diversity…
— Stephanie W (@StephCullen) January 23, 2016
@TheAcademy this is more racist than before in my opinion.. and absolutely idiotic.
— Nicola Serafini (@nclsrfn) January 23, 2016
@TheAcademy So sad the Oscars have become participation trophies.
— TresRice (@TresRice) January 23, 2016
— Julian (@JGars22) January 23, 2016
— stephen power (@stevepower) January 23, 2016
@TheAcademy nice going on cheapening the achievement of getting an oscar. Now just another affirmative action award.
— Angel Rider (@AngelBleauEyes) January 23, 2016
@TheAcademy Good start but let's face the facts, talk is cheap, don't say something u truly don't mean or support, action speaks volumes.
— Schneise (@schneisedeal) January 23, 2016
@TheAcademy all future minority Oscar wins will be tainted by appeasement. Oscars no longer needs voting. Whoever cries gets an Oscar.
— Mr. Bott (@spencer_bott) January 23, 2016
No one has ever made a mistake thinking the politics of The Academy were more than surface deep.
— David Poland (@DavidPoland) January 23, 2016
The Academy should really focus on making sure Robert DeNiro stops saying yes to every movie.
— Justin Root (@JustinWRoot) January 23, 2016
'@TheAcademy needs to diversify and open their Awards to Asians, Blacks, Samoans, and most importantly to people who don't make movies!
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) January 22, 2016