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Oscar Academy takes first concrete step toward more diversity

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts has people with an ethnic background are appointed for various managerial positions. Put in the Academy its first concrete steps towards more diversity, in response to the growing criticism against the white Oscars.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs © Belga

The organization added the Afro-American director, Reginald Hudlin, latinoschrijver Gregory Nava and Asian-American animator Jennifer Yuh Nelson to its board of directors. And also other non-Caucasian members were members of committees, such as the Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, who will be part of the awards – and evenementencommissie.

“I am proud of the steps that we have taken to the diversity to increase”, said the president of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is himself African-American. “We also know that there is still work to be done to make this organization a more inclusive organization.”

After the publication of the Oscarnominaties of this year, there was a lot of dissatisfaction about the fact that for the second year in a row, only white actors, an Academy Award could win, and only a handful of non-whites were nominated for other Oscars. Boone Isaacs announced earlier that steps were going to be the diversity to increase within the group of people who cast their vote for the Oscars. That is currently predominantly of older, white men.

The Academy had understood that they by 2020, the number of female members and members of ethnic minorities by 20 percent will increase, and that they are members of their voting rights will decrease after ten years of not have been active in the film industry.

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