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  • DamianWayne
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    In a unanimous vote Thursday night (1/21), the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved a sweeping series of substantive changes designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse.  The Board’s goal is to commit to doubling 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,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

    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.  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.

    At the same time, the Academy will supplement the traditional process in which current members sponsor new members by launching an ambitious, global campaign to identify and recruit qualified new members who represent greater diversity.  

    In order to immediately increase diversity on the Board of Governors, the Academy will establish three new governor seats that will be nominated by the President for three-year terms and confirmed by the Board.

    The Academy will also take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made. This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organization identify and nurture future leaders.

    Along with Boone Isaacs, the Board’s Membership and Administration Committee, chaired by Academy Governor Phil Robinson, led the efforts to enact these initiatives.

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    Sasha
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    Well, we’ll see what comes out of this but for now me likey.

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    benutty
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    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

    This is the bold and brilliant move I was hoping for! I think we will see immediate results next year. IMMEDIATE.

    But, I lament the idea that doubling the number of minorities solves that problem. As I said in another thread, upping the membership will ultimately water-down the results even more than they already are and it isn’t enough for numbers themselves to increase, the percentage of minorities has to increase–which hopefully means they curb the admittance of white men during this same period. 

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    CanadianFan
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    These are great, and much better than adopting 10 BP nominees or expanding the acting categories.

    Still, they should have short-lists. 

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    DamianWayne
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    Once they invite new people in the spring I need newer numbers on age/race/sex and exactly how many members are going to emeritus status. Having exact/up-to-date figures will be important moving forward.

    I hope studios look at this and follow their lead by increasing diversity behind the camera and elsewhere. 

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    sylviablushes
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    Sounds like a solid plan, now everyone can calm down a bit more hopefully.

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    Lord Freddy Blackfyre
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    And with that the Academy will no longer be a real Academy. Race is more important than merit.

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    Moviebuff22
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    Get ready for the minority awards every year. They claim racial bias when really what they want is special privileges and guaranteed nominations because of their race. Barf

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    Lone Pirate
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    At least they’re trying.

    Exactly! They are not sitting idle while the controversy swirls around them so I applaud them for enacting some changes. Now all they need to do is scrap the preferential nominating process and I will be overjoyed beyond words.

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    SupaDupa Fly
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    The only way there would’ve been more outrage would be if they combined all the acting categories. Like, say Best Actress and Best Actor. There would be five white men nominated no women at all. You can bet your ass half of the users on this site would be singing a different tune.

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    Sasha
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    [quote=”TWNickPeek”]

    At least they’re trying.

    Exactly! They are not sitting idle while the controversy swirls around them so I applaud them for enacting some changes. Now all they need to do is scrap the preferential nominating process and I will be overjoyed beyond words.

    [/quote]
    No! Never! If it wasn’t for preferential nominating process we wouldn’t have such nominees like Marion Cotillard for 2D1N, Charlotte Rampling, Quvenzhané Wallis, Laura Linney for Savages, Tommy Lee Jones for In the Valley of Elah, Demian Bichir, Javier Bardem for Biutiful, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, Keisha Castle Hughes, Emmanuelle Riva, etc. I hope they will never get rid of it because then we will end up with the exect same line-up we’ll see at GG, SAG and other sheep ceremonies. BARF!

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    SupaDupa Fly
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    Get ready for the minority awards every year. They claim racial bias when really what they want is special privileges and guaranteed nominations because of their race. Barf

    Let me talk to you real quick. The oscars have been the white awards for decades now. As for your guaranteed nominations angle, it applies more to white actors than any actor of color. 
     

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    Amanda Spears
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    Wow these are great changes! Bravo on doing something proactive. Wish the Emmys would try this!

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    Moviebuff22
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    [quote=”Moviebuff22″]

    Get ready for the minority awards every year. They claim racial bias when really what they want is special privileges and guaranteed nominations because of their race. Barf

    OR they want to be fucking recognized in Hollywood and seen as worthy of talent just as much as white people.
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    They are and have been recognized. Look at the academy award winners for African Americans and nominations. So they have two down years and now the academy is racist? Please. Plenty of white people were snubbed this year too. It’s not a race issue as much people wanna make it one

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    Lord Freddy Blackfyre
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    [quote=”Moviebuff22″]

    Get ready for the minority awards every year. They claim racial bias when really what they want is special privileges and guaranteed nominations because of their race. Barf

    OR they want to be fucking recognized in Hollywood and seen as worthy of talent just as much as white people.
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    If they want to be fucking recognize they just have to do one thing and is being fucking good and fucking worthy. I found much more scandalous that a film win best picture when many academy members voted for it without having seen it to avoid being call racist. 

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