Saying it is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced changes in response to the calls for more diversity in the movies.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Issacs said in a statement the 51-member board of governors has unanimously approved reforms to ”begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”
It will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board.
Other changes include limiting members’ voting status to a period of 10 years, to be extended only if the individual remains active in film during that decade.
The Academy also plans to diversify its leadership beyond the board of governors by adding members to key decision-making committees and campaign to identify and recruit diverse talent.
For the second straight year, all Oscar acting nominees are white.