Oscars vow to include diversity among its members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which presents the celebrated Academy Awards in America is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and says it will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board of governors.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the changes Friday, following a weeklong storm of criticism and calls for an Oscar boycott after academy members nominated an all-white slate of actors for the second year in a row.
Isaacs said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 51-member board of governors unanimously approved a series of reforms late Thursday to "begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition."
Other changes include limiting members' voting status to a period of 10 years.