Oscar Puts Diversity Push into High Gear for Board, New Members

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, under renewed criticism for lack of diversity, is tackling the issue on two fronts: New membership and board elections.

The org on Friday will announce its invitations to new members, and it’s expected to continue its aggressive outreach to individuals who will expand the AMPAS demo beyond the 50-plus white male group that dominates. In addition, voting for board members is underway (June 24-July 2) and candidates include a heavy mix of gender and racial diversity; candidates include directors Ava DuVernay and Lisa Cholodenko, cinematographers Guillermo Navaro and Daryn Okada, actress Amy Madigan and producer Kathleen Kennedy.

The Academy never sends out a complete list of board candidates. However, they send a roster of candidates within each branch to the members of that branch. There are 17 branches, each with three representatives on the board. Each of them serves three-year terms, with rotating candidacy, to ensure continuity.

In terms of membership, the Academy had averaged invitations to about 130 new members each year. But starting in 2013, they doubled that number, inviting more diverse groups to better reflect the realities of filmmaking around the world, and to add “new voices,” as they said, such as more women, racial minorities and voters in other countries.

Academy reps declined to comment on a story posted online Thursday night by the Hollywood Reporter, which listed candidates for all the branches.

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  1. Sanman$ says:

    Will Smith has been nominated twice for best actor twice already & has a net worth of 250 million dollars. I’m a 70 year old out of work actor most of my life who had to work as a waiter, doorman & for 24 years as a garbage man to support my family. I worked with morons & crazy people & I wrote a play about it called “The Sanitation Chronicles”. Will you should come & work behind a NYC Sanitation truck picking up big black garbage bags for a year or two. Then we could turn my play into a movie & we both could star in it. Your rich & famous. Stop complaining.

  2. SONNY KING says:

    Diversity : another word “AFFIRMATIVE ACTION”. Wish pro basketball had more whites ..WOW …never happen !! MERIT , INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENT , So foolish !! LETS HAVE THE “AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OSCARS” or THE BLACK OSCARS, WHITE OSCARS , ITALIAN OSCARS, ASIAN OSCARS , Latino OSCARS etc. The OSCARS like nearly everything else has become a target for the LEFT.\
    Affirmative action HAS NOT WORKED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR ..you lower the bar , you don’t get the best and brightest . STUPIDITY !!

  3. CelluloidFan35mm says:

    Is it me or is this Affirmative Action?
    Whatever happened to recognizing the merit of the work instead of the gender or race?
    This is making the Academy a bigger joke that it already is right now.

  4. Lex says:

    Having to try to hard to have a variety of people in your group just makes you look more racist.

  5. Sam Valley says:

    “Diversity” means Anti-white

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